With Mike Conley Jr. missing his fourth-straight game with a hamstring injury, Joe Ingles stepped up for the Jazz in their 127-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ingles poured in a season-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 3-of-6 from the three-point line, adding five rebounds and five assists on the night as the Jazz improve to 14-11 on the season.
The Aussie assumed the playmaking duties once again and combined with Rudy Gobert in the pick-and-roll, unlocking the Timberwolves defence from the jump, a constant theme throughout the game.
Joe and Rudy pick-and-roll 🥰 pic.twitter.com/dc9cmssjNy- Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 12, 2019
Gobert finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, while Donovan Mitchell led the way with 30 points, six assists and five rebounds on an efficient 13-of-20 from the field.
After an up-and-down start to the season, the Jazz offence was humming against the Wolves as they shot 57 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc (16-of-35).
''We played together, moved the ball, shared the ball, shared everything on both ends,'' Mitchell said. ''That's what makes a good team.''
After a tight first half, the Jazz blew the game open in the third quarter outscoring the Wolves 38-24 in the period.
Leading 77-75 midway through the quarter, they reeled off a 20-4 run with Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Green and Georges Niang lighting it up from three.
''When we move the defence a little bit, it gives those guys a chance to attack in a better spot,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said post-game. ''It was good to see Donovan cutting back and Joe as well being able to find people on the perimeter. I think we had more catch-and-shoot threes tonight than we did in a while.''
Jeff Teague led the Timberwolves with 32 points, while Andrew Wiggins added 26 and Karl-Anthony Towns 21 as they dropped their sixth game in a row.