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For four long days, Mike Con­ley was con­fined to his ho­tel in quar­an­tine af­ter re­turn­ing to the NBA bub­ble in Or­lando, Florida.

He wasn’t about to be con­tained on the court.

Con­ley made a ca­reer play­off-high seven three-point­ers and scored 27 points in his re­turn to help the Jazz rout the Nuggets 124-87 on Fri­day for a 2-1 lead in the firstround se­ries.

‘‘I’ve said it be­fore and I’ll say it again: He’s a ter­rific player,’’ Jazz coach Quin Sny­der said. ‘‘I know how glad our guys were to see him back.’’

Con­ley left the NBA bub­ble for the birth of his son, re­turned late Mon­day and went through a four-day isolation that ended Fri­day. He said he got about 30 min­utes of out­side ac­tiv­ity a day to work on his game.

There wasn’t a hint of rust as he made his se­ries de­but. He was 7-for-8 from three­p­oint range and had four as­sists.

‘‘Be­ing on that court was all I was think­ing about, other than my fam­ily,’’ Con­ley said. ‘‘Thank­ful to be back and look­ing for­ward to the rest of the se­ries.’’

Rudy Gobert added a ca­reer play­off-high 24 points and 14 re­bounds and Dono­van Mitchell 20 points for the Jazz. Nikola Jo­kic scored 15 points to lead the Nuggets, who shot 37.5% from the field.


Kawhi Leonard led seven play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 36 points, and the Clip­pers shot 52.2% from the field on the way to top­ping the Mav­er­icks and tak­ing a 2-1 lead in their first-round se­ries.

The loss might prove to be big­ger than merely one game for the Mav­er­icks. Star guard Luka Don­cic left with a sprained left an­kle in the third quar­ter — hop­ping to the locker room on one leg — be­fore try­ing to re­turn to start the fourth. He left for good af­ter three min­utes, fin­ish­ing with a triple­dou­ble (13 points, 10 re­bounds, 10 as­sists).

Kristaps Porzingis led the Mav­er­icks with 34 points and 13 re­bounds, and Tim Har­d­away Jr. and Seth Curry scored 22 each.

CELTICS 102, 76ERS 94

Kemba Walker scored 24 points, and the Celtics closed the game with a 10-0 run to de­feat the 76ers 102-94 for a 3-0 lead in their first-round se­ries.

Jaylen Brown added 21 points and Jayson Ta­tum 15 for the Celtics. Joel Em­biid had 30 points and 13 re­bounds to lead the 76ers, who shot a mis­er­able 29.5% from the field.


Pas­cal Si­akam scored 26 points, Fred VanVleet made six three-point­ers on his way to 22 points and Serge Ibaka added 20 points and 13 re­bounds as the Raptors cruised past the Nets to open a 3-0 lead in their first-round se­ries. Tyler John­son led the Nets with 23 points. ✶


The Jazz’s Mike Con­ley re­turned from four days in quar­an­tine to make seven three-point­ers and score 27 points Fri­day against the Nuggets.

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