Donovan Mitchell contributed 27 points, seven assists, and six rebounds as his effort guided the NBA-leading team, Utah Jazz past the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 118-88 in Salt Lake City, as the Jazz secured their first three-game winning streak in a month.
James Harden who led the Nets to a 116-112 victory against Portland a night ago didn’t play against Utah because of a sore neck leaving the Nets, who had won 16 of 18, without stars Kevin Durant (hamstring) and Kyrie Irving (family matter) yet again.
Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic each assisted Mitchell with 18 points and Georges Niang added 15 for the Jazz. Those three and Mitchell combined for 17 three-pointers, including five apiece by Mitchell and Niang. Utah sank 23 of 55 from deep (41.8 percent), with 10 players draining at least one.
Alize Johnson led the Nets with 23 points and 15 rebounds while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot topped Brooklyn’s starters with 14 points.
Rudy Gobert, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a candidate for his third honor, scored only eight points but pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Wednesday night’s NBA results
- Detroit Pistons 111 – 116 Indiana Pacers
- Boston Celtics 119 – 121 Milwaukee Bucks
- Denver Nuggets 111 – 135 Toronto Raptors
- Cleveland Cavaliers 103 – 94 Chicago Bulls
- Charlotte Hornets 122 – 97 Houston Rockets
- Dallas Mavericks 128 – 108 Minnesota Timberwolves
- Memphis Grizzlies 116 – 107 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Phoenix Suns 111 – 112 Orlando Magic
- Los Angeles Clippers 134 – 101 San Antonio Spurs
- Atlanta Hawks 108 – 110 Sacramento Kings
- Brooklyn Nets 88 – 118 Utah Jazz