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3 keys in the Utah Jazz’s 112-107 scrimmage win over the Brooklyn Nets

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Utah Jazz guards Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley help referees with call during game against Sacramento on Jan. 18, 2020.

In this file photo, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and guard Mike Conley (10) help the referees with the correct call as Utah and the Sacramento Kings play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. They both played well in Utah’s exhibition win over Brooklyn in Orlando, Florida, on Monday night.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Starters Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley helped the Utah Jazz build a big lead early on, and Justin Wright-Foreman clinched the 112-107 exhibition win over the Brooklyn Nets with a strong final minute on Monday night.

Utah, which won its second close game in a row after a loss in their first game in the Orlando, Florida, bubble, now has a couple of days to prepare for the restart of the 2019-2020 season Thursday against New Orleans.

Here are three takeaways from the final scrimmage:

• Utah came out firing away from 3-point range and ended up taking 35 from beyond the arc (and making 13). Conley hit 4 of 6 from deep en route to 18 points, while Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson each hit three 3s and Joe Ingles popped in a pair.

• Gobert had another stellar outing for the Jazz with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including multiple nice feeds from Mitchell. He helped Utah establish a 32-19 lead after the first quarter along with Mitchell (14 points, four assists, four rebounds) and Clarkson (12 points, five rebounds).

• The Jazz led comfortably in the double-digit range much of the game, but the Nets made a final push to pull within two in the final minute. That’s when Wright-Foreman took over. He scored all seven of his points in the final 45 seconds to secure the victory. That included two layups in a row, including one after a key steal by Jarrell Brantley, and an off-balanced bucket as the shot clock was running down with 19.5 seconds to go.