Utah dom­i­nates in­side as San An­to­nio drops its fourth in a row

JAZZ 125, SPURS 105

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL -

Dono­van Mitchell scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 13 re­bounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the San An­to­nio Spurs, 125-105, in Salt Lake City on Satur­day.

Royce O’Neale tied his sea­son high with 17 points and made all four of his three-point at­tempts to help the Jazz claim its third win in its past four games.

Ricky Ru­bio, who took to so­cial me­dia to cel­e­brate sur­viv­ing the trade dead­line to stay with Utah, tal­lied 16 points, six re­bounds and six as­sists.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and LaMar­cus Aldridge had 15 for the Spurs, who have lost four in a row to start their eightgame trip while their home arena hosts a 17-day stock show and rodeo.

With the game tied at 32, the Jazz scored nine con­sec­u­tive points, in­clud­ing two bas­kets at the rim by Gobert, to gain com­mand. The Jazz got to the rim re­peat­edly and outscored the Spurs 22-2 in the paint dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter and led 62-48 at the half.

This was the fi­nale of the teams’ three-game se­ries. The Jazz own the tiebreaker and moved a full game ahead of the Spurs in the jum­bled Western Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

Aldridge, who was cho­sen for the All-Star Game while Gobert was snubbed — prompt­ing Jazz Coach Quin Sny­der to call for a dif­fer­ent way of se­lect­ing par­tic­i­pants — went 5 for 16 from the field and had 10 re­bounds.

Gobert has 45 dou­ble-dou­bles, tied for the league lead with Phil­a­del­phia’s Joel Em­biid.

The Jazz shot 52.2 per­cent from the field — its third game mak­ing at least half its shots in its past four — and con­sis­tently found wideopen shoot­ers against the Spurs’

Pistons sign Ellington

slow ro­ta­tions and mis­matched switches on pick-and-rolls.

The Detroit Pistons signed guard Wayne Ellington and waived 2016 first-round draft pick Henry El­len­son.

The 6-foot-5 Ellington is in his 10th NBA sea­son. He av­er­aged 8.4 points with Mi­ami this sea­son be­fore he was traded Wed­nes­day to Phoenix and then waived.

The Pistons needed out­side shoot­ing af­ter trad­ing Reg­gie Bul­lock. Ellington is Mi­ami’s record holder for three-point­ers made in a sea­son.

El­len­son, who was drafted with the 18th pick in 2016, has av­er­aged just 3.8 points in 59 NBA games. The Pistons traded Stan­ley John­son, their 2015 first-round pick, ear­lier in the week.


Jazz guard Dono­van Mitchell had a team-high 23 points and five re­bounds, five as­sists and three steals.

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