Utah dominates inside as San Antonio drops its fourth in a row
JAZZ 125, SPURS 105
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.