Jazz win ninth game in a row by toppling Wizards

Source:AFP Published: 2020/1/13 21:18:40

Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz handles the ball against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on Wednesday in Houston, Texas. Photo: VCG

Croatia's Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31 points as the Utah Jazz won their ninth straight game with a 127-116 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Frenchman Rudy Gobert finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, one of a half-dozen players who finished in double figures for Utah, which improved to 27-12 on the season. 

The Jazz tightened up their defense in the second half to knock the Wizards off their game, then pulled it out in the final quarter.

Jordan Clarkson added 23 points off the bench and Joe Ingles chipped in 20 for the Jazz, who are now 14-1 in their last 15 games.

Gobert made three dunks over a two-minute stretch after Washington cut the deficit to 111-108 on a driving layup from American Bradley Beal with 3:32 left. 

Beal scored 25 points to lead the Wizards. Davis Bertans scored 18 points, Jordan McRae added 16 and Ian Mahinmi chipped in 15 for the Wizards, who lost for the second time in five games. 

Beal was back in the lineup after missing several games with injuries.

In New York, Taj Gibson made a clutch free throw with 98 seconds left to give New York the lead for good as the Knicks stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 124-121.

Julius Randle scored a game-high 26 points to lead seven players in double figures for the Knicks, who snapped a five-game losing streak.


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