Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and Rudy Gobert contributed 18 points and 20 rebounds to lift the Utah Jazz to a big 122-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.
Utah snapped a two-game losing streak – the Jazz, which led the NBA, stumbled on the road in Dallas and Phoenix – and secured its 23rd consecutive home win.
Four other Jazz players scored in double figures – Joe Ingles (13), Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic (11), and Georges Niang (10) – as Utah bounced back 24 hours after a difficult overtime loss to the Suns.
Damian Lillard topped Portland with 23 points and CJ McCollum scored 19, but the Blazers fell for the third time in four games.
Mavericks 116, Bucks 101
Luka Doncic recorded 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to help Dallas defeat Milwaukee for its sixth win in the last seven games.
Kristaps Porzingis added 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Josh Richardson scored 14 points for the Mavericks. The Bucks played without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) for the third straight game and the fifth time in the last 10 contests.
Donte DiVincenzo made a career-best six-pointer and scored 22 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost two straight games and five of their last eight. Bobby Portis recorded a season-high 20 points and a rebound, while Brook Lopez added 16 points.
Pistons 113, Kings 101
Cory Joseph scored 24 points and dished out seven assists while visiting Detroit caught a late Sacramento push.
Isaiah Stewart recorded 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost and lost alternately over the last eight games. Sacramento took its fifth straight loss despite getting 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from De’Aaron Fox.
Detroit took advantage of a poor shooting night by the Kings, who finished 7 of 30 (23.3 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Pistons built a big lead in the first half that gave them a cushion down the stretch.
Heat 110, Lakers 104
Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Miami host past Los Angeles.
Miami also got 18 points from Victor Oladipo, who grabbed his right knee after a dunk with 5:35 left in the game. He went straight to the locker room and did not return.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with a season-high 28 points. Andre Drummond returned for the Lakers with 15 points and 12 rebounds after missing the last three games with a toe injury.
Clippers 113, Sun 103
Los Angeles racked its home record to 20-8 this season, pushing past Phoenix in the battle of the second- and third-place teams in the Western Conference standings.
Paul George led the Clippers with 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including 7-of-9 success from 3-point range. Kawhi Leonard scored 14 of its 27 points in the third quarter for the Clippers, which saw Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris Sr. were thrown out in the fourth quarter.
Devin Booker finished with 24 points to lead the Suns. Mikal Bridges added 20 points, and Deandre Ayton chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Bulls 122, Birds of Prey 113
Lauri Markkanen, Coby White and Daniel Theis came off the bench to provide double-figure scoring performances as Chicago used superior depth to defeat shorthand Toronto in Tampa.
Starters Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic led seven Bulls in double figures with 22 points each as Chicago won its third straight game.
The Bulls captured the three-game season series despite a huge game from the Raptors’ Chris Boucher, who set career highs with 38 points and 19 rebounds. Pascal Siakam had 27 points for Toronto, which played without injured starters Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.
Cavaliers 129, Thunder 102
Collin Sexton scored 27 points to lead Cleveland past Oklahoma City.
The Cavaliers have won consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak that ended on March 1. Taurean Prince added 22 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, while Darius Garland finished with 21 points and five assists .
Ty Jerome led the Thunder with a career-high 23 points, going 9 of 16 from the field with five 3-point pointers. Theo Maledon had 14 points but was only 6 of 17 from the floor.
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