Mitchell, Ingles power Jazz to 128-124 win over Wizards
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 30, 2019 11:44 AM
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell dunks against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 29, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
By John Coon, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Joe Ingles added 18 points and 10 assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 128-124 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Rudy Gobert finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Jazz. Jae Crowder added 18 points and Ricky Rubio chipped in 17. Utah shot 55 percent from the field to win for the ninth time in 10 games.
Bradley Beal scored 34 points and Bobby Portis added 28 points and 13 rebounds for Washington. Thomas Bryant had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jazz seemed to be on the verge of breaking open the game after going on an 11-0 run in the third quarter. Mitchell and Royce O'Neale each scored back-to-back baskets to give Utah a 92-77 lead. Washington answered with a 13-0 run to end the quarter — capped by a 40-foot buzzer-beater from Jordan McRae — and cut the deficit to 92-90.
Ingles opened the fourth quarter with consecutive baskets to end the run and keep Utah in front for a short time.
The Wizards kept chipping away and finally took a 116-114 lead on a dunk from Beal off a Jazz turnover. Utah surged back in front 120-116 with back-to-back baskets from Gobert and Rubio.
Washington cut it to 126-124 on a three-pointer from Jabari Parker with 9.2 seconds left. Mitchell iced the win with a pair of free throws.
Utah used a 19-4 run to stake out a 41-30 lead early in the second quarter. Ingles scored three baskets to fuel the run, including a step-back jumper at the end of the first quarter.
The Jazz led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, going up 61-46 on a reverse dunk from Thabo Sefolosha. Mitchell fueled much of the offense during the quarter. He scored 14 points in the period after returning to action following an eye injury that sent him to the locker room midway through the first quarter.
Beal and Portis combined for five straight baskets late in the second quarter to cut Utah's lead to 63-59. Rubio and Ingles answered with three straight baskets to prevent the Wizards from making it a one-possession game.
Wizards: Beal had his 24th 30-point game of the season. . Bryant grabbed at least 10 rebounds for the third time in four games and had his 12th double-double of the seasons. . Washington scored 20 points off 18 Utah turnovers.
Jazz: Derrick Favors did not play after first quarter because of back spasms. Favors finished with six points and three rebounds in nine minutes. . Ingles has tallied 10 or more assists in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Wizards visit Denver on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Jazz host Charlotte on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).