The Dallas Morning News

Jazz get defensive

Utah’s Mitchell helped off court in third after spraining his ankle


SALT LAKE CITY — Tough team defense rescued Utah after Donovan Mitchell went down with an ankle injury.

The Nba-leading Jazz rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111 on Friday after Mitchell the left game with a sprained ankle in the second half. He scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting before spraining his right ankle with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

Mitchell could not put any weight on his leg, and teammates helped him off the floor to the locker room. X-rays on the ankle were negative, and he was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday evening.

Without Mitchell on the floor, the Jazz clamped down defensivel­y, to win their second straight game. Utah allowed Indiana to score on only 10 total possession­s over the final 15 minutes.

76ers 106, Clippers 103: In Philadelph­ia, Joel Embiid had 36 points and 14 rebounds and the 76ers snapped Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak.

Trail Blazers 107, Spurs 106: In San Antonio, CJ Mccollum scored 29 points, and Portland escaped when the Spurs missed three shots on their final possession.

Nuggets 128, Rockets 99: In Houston, Nikola Jokic scored 29 points, and Michael Porter Jr. added 21 for Denver.

Grizzlies 126, Bulls 115: In Chicago, Dylan Brooks scored a season-high 32 points, and Memphistoo­k control in the second half.

Timberwolv­es 119, Heat 111: In Minneapoli­s, Karl-anthony Towns scored 24 points, including eight in the fourth quarter before fouling out, to lead the T’wolves.

Nets 130, Hornets 115: In New York, Kevin Durant had 25 points and 11 assists, and Joe Harris scored 26 points for Brooklyn.

Pistons 110, Thunder 104: In Detroit, Josh Jackson scored 29 points, and the Pistons overcame several key absences to hand Oklahoma City its ninth straight loss.

Wizards 117, Pelicans 115: In Washington, Russell Westbrook scored 10 of Washington’s 12 points in overtime, including a pair of free throws to break a tie with just one second left after he was fouled by Zion Williamson.

Raptors 113, Magic 102: In Tampa, Fla., Paul Watson Jr. scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the third quarter, and Toronto pulled away.

Wade buys into Jazz: The Utah Jazz announced Friday that 13-time NBA All-star Dwyane Wade will join the youngest ownership group in the league.

The group is headed by technology entreprene­ur Ryan Smith, who along with his wife, Ashley, acquired majority interest in the Jazz in late 2020.

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 ?? Matt Slocum/ The Associated Press ?? The Clippers’ Paul George (left) goes up for a shot against Philadelph­ia’s Anthony Tolliver.
Matt Slocum/ The Associated Press The Clippers’ Paul George (left) goes up for a shot against Philadelph­ia’s Anthony Tolliver.

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