NBA: Mitchell's 35 points carries Jazz past Wizards


Posted at Mar 30 2019 01:37 PM

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second half of their match at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Russ Isabella, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 128-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Joe Ingles added 18 points and 10 assists. 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 55.2 percent from the field to win for the ninth time in 10 games.

Bradley Beal scored 34 points while Bobby Portis added 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington. Thomas Bryant added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards. Jabari Parker chipped in 15 off the bench. The Wizards came up short despite shooting 49 percent from the field.

The Jazz seemingly broke the game open in the third quarter. Mitchell and Royce O'Neale each scored back-to-back baskets to fuel an 11-0 run that gave Utah a 92-77 lead. Washington answered with a 13-0 run -- capped by a 40-foot 3-pointer by Jordan McRae at the third-quarter buzzer -- to cut the deficit to 92-90.

Ingles opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back baskets to give Utah some breathing room again.

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 for good after going up 120-116 on back-to-back baskets from Gobert and Rubio.

Beal capped a 9-0 run with a layup to give Washington an 18-12 lead midway through the first quarter.

The Wizards stayed in front until Ingles drew a foul on a layup and Beal got hit with a technical after complaining about the call. Ingles and Kyle Korver each hit a free throw to tie the game and kickstart a 19-4 run that put the Jazz up 41-30 early in the second quarter.

Ingles scored three baskets to fuel the run -- including a step-back jumper to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter.

Mitchell kept the Jazz on top throughout the second quarter after returning following a first-quarter eye injury. He scored 14 points while hitting all six shots he took in the quarter. It helped Utah boost its lead to 61-46.

Beal and Porter combined to score five straight baskets to rally the Wizards. Beal punctuated the sequence with a step-back jumper that cut the Jazz lead to 63-59. Rubio and Ingles halted the run with back-to-back baskets and Rubio added a step-back jumper to give Utah a 70-62 halftime lead.