DONOVAN Mitchell scorched the Memphis Grizzlies for a second straight time with a game-high 35 points Saturday night (Sunday in Manila), propelling the Utah Jazz to a 126-110 triumph and a two-day, two-game sweep in Salt Lake City.
Jordan Clarkson chipped in 28 points off the bench and Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who recorded a third sweep in four tries in the NBA’s new back-to-back scheduling.
Kyle Anderson had a team-high 16 points for the Grizzlies, who hung with the Jazz all the way before losing 117-114 in the opener the last time out.
Even without Mike Conley, who was given the night off, the Jazz took command of the rematch almost immediately after the visitors had opened the game on an 8-2 run.
With Mitchell contributing a 3-point hoop, a three-point play and two free throws, Utah rallied into a 13-11 lead and never looked back. Moments later, the Jazz pulled away, using another 3-pointer and three-point play from Mitchell, and going up by 20, 39-19, by period’s end.
Memphis, which had won three in a row before arriving in Salt Lake City, briefly got within single digits midway through the second quarter but never mounted a serious threat.
In other games, it was the Clippers 122, Sixers 112; Knicks 102, Bucks 96; Celtics 111, Thunder 94; Pelicans 112, Mavs 103; Kings 100, Cavs 98; Wizards 106, Pistons 92; Spurs 120, Bulls 104; and Rockets 129, Wolves 107.
Clippers 122, Sixers 112
Kawhi Leonard returned to the lineup Saturday and finished with a team-high 28 points, and Paul George added 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the host Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers.
Leonard, who missed a game with a foot injury, also had four rebounds and four assists, and Terance Mann scored a season-high 23 points off the bench as the Clippers won their fifth straight game and seventh in their last nine.