Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, Rudy Gobert contributed 20 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks, and the Utah Jazz cruised to a 128-116 win Thursday night in Salt Lake City over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves.

Player of the Game
Rudy  Gobert
EFF
27
Rudy Gobert
Points 20
Accuracy 8-14
Rebounds 17
Assists 2

Malik Beasley led all scorers with 33 points and D'Angelo Russell chipped in with 19 points, 14 assists, and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which was limited because of COVID-19.

The Timberwolves were without seven players in all and four starters due to the NBA's health and safety protocols. The missing players included late scratch Karl-Anthony Towns, Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards, Jarred Vanderbilt, Josh Okogie, Taurean Prince, and McKinley Wright.

The Jazz, who shot 53.3 percent and dished out 31 assists, played at full strength.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points for the Jazz, who have won 10 of their past 12 games.

Mike Conley added 17 points and six assists, with Joe Ingles tallying 16 points and five assists. Mitchell grabbed five rebounds and tied Jordan Clarkson with a team-high seven assists.

Jaylen Nowell kept the Timberwolves in the thick of things during the first quarter when he scored eight points in a two-minute span. Utah then scored 10 of the final 13 points in the quarter, including a buzzer-beating floater by Conley, to take a 35-27 lead.

The Jazz couldn't shake the Timberwolves in the second quarter either, as Jake Layman cut the halftime lead to seven, 67-60, with a late 3-pointer.

The third quarter featured a shooting showdown between Bogdanovic and Russell. The Jazz forward was hot to open the second half, hitting four 3s in the first 5 1/2 minutes. Russell went off for 11 of his 19 points, including three triples, in the quarter.

The Jazz went up by 14 before settling on an 11-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Each of the Timberwolves' starters scored in double digits. Naz Reid had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jaden McDaniels scored 16 with nine rebounds and seven assists, and Layman added 13 points and seven boards.

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Utah Jazz
Minnesota Timberwolves
53%
48/90
Field goals
45%
45/101
56
Rebounds
51
31
Assists
29
7
Steals
7
17
Fouls
19
7
Blocks
4

Best players

Donovan  Mitchell
28 PTS
10/20 FG
4/4 FT
Malik  Beasley
33 PTS
13/25 FG
0/0 FT
Rudy  Gobert
17 REB
10 DREB
7 OREB
Naz  Reid
10 REB
5 DREB
5 OREB
Utah Jazz
Few players
7 As
D'Angelo  Russell
14 As
3 TO
41 MIN
Rudy  Gobert
27 EFF
57% 2P%
- 3P%
Malik  Beasley
26 EFF
67% 2P%
44% 3P%