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Jazz continue mastery over Davis-less Pelicans

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By Agence France-Presse

Rudy Gobert paced the attack as the Utah Jazz handed the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans their first loss of the season with a 132-111 win on Saturday.

Leading scorer Anthony Davis was missing from the Pelicans offence because of a strained right elbow.

Gobert, of France, finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds and Spain’s Ricky Rubio had 28 points and 12 assists for the Jazz, who beat the Pelicans three out of four times last season.

American Donovan Mitchell scored 22 for Utah, which led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter and were ahead 102-82 at the start of the fourth in front of a crowd of 16,300 at the Smoothie King Center arena.

Davis played through the elbow injury on Friday against Brooklyn but couldn’t go against the Jazz and his status for Monday’s contest in Denver will be determined after he visits the team doctors.

The Pelicans cut the Jazz lead to 110-102 on Wesley Johnson’s three pointer with 6:34 left. But Rubio responded with six free throws during a 10-2 Jazz run.

Nikola Mirotic scored 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter and Jrue Holiday had 18 for the Pelicans, who had not trailed by more than 13 points in the previous four games.