Gobert, Mitchell help Jazz push past Wizards

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) is fouled by Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 14 rebounds and the visiting Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 116-95 on Monday night.

Gobert, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, was 6 of 6 from the field and made 2 of 3 free throws.

Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Jae Crowder added 18 for the Jazz, who began the night in seventh place, one-half game behind San Antonio. Ricky Rubio had 10 assists.

Jabari Parker led Washington with 19 points and Bradley Beal, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, added 15 on 4-of-12 shooting.

The 11th-place Wizards began the night 3 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat.

Washington, which finished its homestand 3-2, was coming off a 135-128 win against Memphis on Saturday.

The Jazz shot 53.8% from the field while the Wizards converted 42%.

Joe Ingles (16 points) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Jazz a 31-22 lead late in the first quarter.

The Wizards got to within 45-41 on Beal’s jumper with 5:28 left in the first half, but Mitchell responded with a 3-pointer to keep the Jazz out front.

Parker pulled the Wizards within 48-45 before the Jazz scored nine straight points including two buckets from Crowder and led 57-45 at halftime.

Washington’s Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 12 points in the half while Beal had five points.

Ingles had 11 first-half points for Utah.

The Jazz extended the lead to 17 points midway through the third quarter on baskets by Gobert and Crowder. Moments later Mitchell’s alley-oop dunk made it 79-60 with 5:39 left in the third quarter.

Utah led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter before taking a 91-71 lead into the fourth.

The Wizards got to within 17 points early in the fourth quarter, but an 8-0 run capped by Gobert’s dunk with 7:29 left pushed the Jazz lead up to 25 midway through the fourth quarter.