Friday, January 28, 2022

Donovan Mitchell takes the Jazz ahead of the Pelicans, 127-105

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 127-105 on Saturday night.

Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson had 20 points for the Jazz, and Joe Ingalls added 15 as he started the season fourth.

A night after falling 98–97 to the Pelicans, Utah never held back after the opening minute and shot 56% percent off the floor overall. The Jazz made a season-high 20 3-pointers, shooting 57% from 3-point range.

Jonas Valenciunas led New Orleans with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson Hayes added 15 runs from the bench.

Utah scored 19-4 during the first quarter and took a 30-14 lead. Mitchell gave the offense the initial spark. He scored three baskets—resulting in a 3-pointer, which gave the Jazz a 16-point advantage—and assisted five others during the quarter.

Things only got worse for New Orleans in the second quarter. Mitchell made three straight baskets to take a 12-0 lead, extending Utah’s lead to 62-33 in the middle of the quarter.

The Jazz eventually took a 40-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

Tip ins

Pelicans: Valanciunas needs just one rebound for his career to reach 6,000. … New Orleans started 0 of 20 from 3-point range before Alexander-Walker broke the ice. … The Pelicans beat Utah 45-41 in a counterattack.

Jazz: Royce O’Neill did not play (sprained right ankle/foot). … Utah scored a season-high 37 points in the first quarter.

next

Pelicans: Monday night at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jazz: Hosts Portland on Monday nights.

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