Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tune Jazz rally, win 10th straight

Tune Jazz rally, win 10th straight

Mitchell scored 25 points with seven rebounds and five assists, but he shot just nine of 28 from the floor. He was also clutch down the stretch, helping the Jazz claw their way back from a double-digit deficit with 13 points and two dimes in the fourth quarter.

Chicago led by 18 points with 8:23 remaining in the fourth quarter before Orlando stormed back with a 23-3 run to grab a 98-96 lead with 3:11 to go. "You have to catch some breaks and I think we just continued to compete".

Utah used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to take its largest first-half lead at 54-42.

Among rookies, he is first in points per game (Simmons is second with 16.5 per game), first in field goals made (381), third in steals, seventh in assists and 14th in rebounds. The Spurs are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Utah, the home team is 34-16-2 ATS in the last 52 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. "When you do that, you put yourself in a position to catch a break". Gobert and Ingles oombined to make four straight free throws, and then Ingles buried two straight 3-pointers.

Winning is becoming a habit for the Utah Jazz and their current winning streak has them creeping back into the playoff picture. The bench has slumped a little, but the brilliance of Donovan Mitchell and Gobert, along with the steady play of Jingles, Favors and Rubio, has allowed the team to flourish during their win streak. San Antonio cut the lead in half before halftime on layups by Gasol and Anderson.

The Spurs are without superstar Kawhi Leonard, who has only played nine games all season, 2018 All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and scorer Rudy Gay. All signs point to a Jazz victory by more than this total, from their current form to the Spurs' efforts on the road this season.

The first quarter belonged to Ingles. He also tops the first-year player leaderboard with six 30-point games and is the first rookie since Blake Griffin in 2011 to have multiple 40-point performances.

Elfrid Payton scored 29 points in his second game since being acquired at the trade deadline from Orlando. But Snyder chose to ride the hot hand down the stretch. He had back-to-back layups that helped the Jazz keep pace when the Spurs tried to pull away.

The 21-year-old Louisville product is continuing to play at a very high level, especially during his team's last 10 games, where he has top-scored in each one of them. He did appreciate being consulted about the crunch-time decision. "He trusted me from the beginning, so I trust him too".

He gave a good account of himself against one of best backcourts in the west in Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum.

"We just have to figure out a way to win", guard Tony Parker said. "We were up 13".

Spurs: Travel to Denver to face the Nuggets on Tuesday. Along with Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons, they are the favorites to win the prestigious award, and at this point should be a two-man race between them.

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