Salt Laker City (USA), .- The combination of guard Donovan Mitchell and base Ricky Rubio along with center Rudy Gobert was the key that allowed the Utah Jazz to win 111-102 to the Charlotte Hornets and Survive the 47 points that scored the base Kemba Walker, leader encestador of the party.
Mitchell contributed 23 points, Rubio reached 20 and Gobert dominated in the inside game by finishing with a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds, the 62nd he has achieved so far this season and leaving him in the second position of the league.
Rubio also finished with a double-double to deliver 13 assists -second best mark of the season-, while in the 30 minutes he was on the track scored 5 of 13 field goals, including a three-pointer, and it was perfect of the personnel line with 9 of 9.
The player of El Masnou captured two defensive rebounds, lost three balls and committed two personal fouls.
But again he confirmed that he has not played his best individual defense in the markings of bases and bodyguards like the Hispanic Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, who scored 50 points against the Jazz, the same as the veteran Derrick Rose, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and tonight Walker.
The victory of the Jazz leaves them with a 47-30 mark and they remain fifth in the Eastern Conference classification, while they try to get the fourth position that gave them the advantage of the field when the playoffs begin.
As happened last season, the Jazz has gone from less to more during the course of the competition and now they have won 10 of the last 11 disputed and are two games away from the fourth and fourth place that share the Trail Blazers of Portland and the Houston Rockets.
Walker, who scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, and 4 of 8 with the triple, in the end could not avoid the defeat of the Hornets (35-42), the second consecutive that moves them away from the eighth place in the Eastern Conference, last one that gives the right to be in the playoffs.
Again, the Spanish power forward Willy Hernangómez, who followed reserve with the Hornets when receiving 21 minutes of action by the coach of the team of Charlotte, the Hispanic James Borrego, did not disappoint and was the second highest scorer with 15 points.
The former Real Madrid player scored 5 of 10 field goals, missed a triple attempt, and scored 5 of 8 from the personnel line.
Within the painting, the eldest brother Hernangomez captured eight rebounds, including five offenses, gave two assists, recovered three balls, lost another three, put a stopper and whistled a foul. (EFE)