Donovan Mitchell helped his side the Utah Jazz extend their win streak to a league-best six games after outclassing the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night while Nikola Jokic continues to be the pivot for the Denver Nuggets as they continued their back-and-forth run of results by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mitchell notched up 28 points as the Jazz took charge of a very close encounter in the third quarter to sail smoothly into their sixth win in a row, beating the Pelicans 118-102 in Salt Lake City.
Mitchell was also one of six Jazz players to score multiple three-pointers on the day, hitting four of Utah’s 21 treys.
Joe Ingles (five), Jordan Clarkson (four), Bojan Bogdanovic (three), Royce O’Neale (two), and Georges Niang (two) also had more than one triple for Utah.
The Pelicans on the other hand have now lost for the sixth time in seven games only making six of 26 three-point attempts (23.1 percent) and 45.3 percent from the floor overall.
The Pelicans star Zion Williamson gave yet another strong showing finishing with 32 points and five rebounds and barely enough help from his teammates.
Brandon Ingram was the only other New Orleans player in double figures, contributing 17 points.
The Jazz led for most of the first half, but the damage was done in the third quarter as Utah busted the game open, outscoring the Pelicans 36-20.
After missing three games with a knee injury, New Orleans guard Lonzo Ball scored seven points on three-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes. He missed all six of his three-point attempts, however, was the only Pelicans starter with a positive plus-minus rating (plus-6).
Oklahoma City Thunder 101-119 Denver Nuggets
Jokic managed 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets in an impressive 119-101 win against the Oklahoma City Thunders on Tuesday alongside Paul Millsap’s 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
The Nuggets who rested their starters in the fourth quarter outscored the Thunder 66-43 in the second and third.
Luguentz Dort led Oklahoma City with 20 points with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander adding 14, Darius Bazley 12, and Isaiah Roby 10 to go with nine rebounds for the Thunder, who lost for the third time in four games.
Denver had a 13point advantage early in the third quarter before eventually pulling away.
Millsap drilled a three-pointer, and after the teams exchanged hoops, Harris put the Nuggets up 75-56 with his own triple from the wing.
The Oklahoma City Thunders cut the deficit to 13 again after benefitting from two turnovers while sinking a trio of buckets, but Denver still managed to put the game away.
Morris, Barton, and Millsap (twice) made short shots while Harris’ dunk put the Nuggets ahead 88-67.
Gilgeous-Alexander and Jokic traded two baskets each, Harris hit a long three-pointer and Morris also scored on a layup to help the Nuggets carry a 97-74 lead into the fourth quarter.
Green opened the final period with five consecutive Denver points before Dozier hit a three-pointer and Green landed a 26-foot jumper to put the Nuggets ahead 113-84 with 6:38 left. Denver then coasted from there.