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NBA: Donovan Mitchell keys game-ending run as Jazz top Magic

By the Asssociated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, including eight as the Utah Jazz closed the game with a 19-5 run for a 109-102 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

With the Jazz trailing 97-90, Mitchell awoke a moribund offense and energized the crowd with a highlight-reel dunk in traffic. That sparked the clinching spurt for Utah (16-11), which has won three in a row.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored nine of his 30 points during the late surge, and Joe Ingles had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

D.J. Augustin had 22 points off the bench and Evan Fournier added 19 for the Magic, who fell to 12-15.

After a 3-pointer by Ingles and a free throw by Ed Davis, the Jazz led 82-65. But the Magic mounted a quick comeback against Utah’s struggling bench players.

Fournier’s basket capped a 12-0 run to get the Magic to 82-77 early in the final quarter. Orlando then overcame an eight-point deficit to lead 97-90 after a 15-0 spurt powered by Augustin’s seven points.

Nikola Vucevic, in his second game back after an 11-game absence, had 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting. He grabbed 11 rebounds.

Mike Conley returned for the Jazz after missing five games with a tight hamstring but left in the third quarter when the pain returned. He had seven points and six assists.

A game after hitting a season-high 17 3-pointers, the Magic missed their first 10 attempts from beyond the arc and ended up 7 for 35 from 3-point range as they seemed reticent to challenge Rudy Gobert inside.

Gobert had a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Jazz built a 58-47 lead at the break.
One sequence typified the way the Jazz want to play. Mitchell drove the lane and passed the ball to Bogdanovic, who moved it to Royce O’Neale and around the 3-point line to Ingles, who found Mitchell in the corner for an open 3.

Ingles, who has primarily been a reserve this season, began starting when Conley was out and has been scoring and shooting at a much higher clip. The Australian forward stayed in the starting lineup.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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