Jazz rip Nets; Bucks, Raptors score

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    CEREBRAL: Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson passes the ball away from Nets forward Nicolas Claxton in second half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    DONOVAN Mitchell contributed 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds to guide NBA-leading Utah past the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 118-88 on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) in Salt Lake City, giving the Jazz their first three-game winning streak in a month.

    A night after leading Brooklyn to a 116-112 win at Portland, James Harden didn’t play against Utah because of a sore neck. The Nets, who had won 16 of 18, were without stars Kevin Durant (hamstring) and Kyrie Irving (family matter) yet again.

    Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 18 points and Georges Niang added 15 for the Jazz. Those three and Mitchell combined to hit 17 3-pointers, including five apiece by Mitchell and Niang. Utah sank 23 of 55 from deep (41.8 percent), with 10 players draining at least one.

    Alize Johnson led the Nets with 23 points and 15 rebounds while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot topped Brooklyn’s starters with 14 points.

    In other games, it was the Bucks 121, Celtics 119; Raptors 135, Nuggets 111; Magic 112, Suns 111; Pacers 116, Pistons 111; Cavs 103, Bulls 94; Grizzlies 116, Thunder 107; Hornets 122, Rockets 97; Mavs 128, Wolves 108; Kings 110, Hawks 108; and Clippers 134, Spurs 101.

    Bucks 121, Celtics 119

    Khris Middleton collected 27 points and 13 rebounds and Bobby Portis added a season-high-tying 21 points off the bench to fuel host Milwaukee to a victory over Boston.

    Donte DiVincenzo made five 3-pointers to join Brook Lopez with 17 points for the Bucks, who nearly squandered a 25-point lead before extending their winning streak to a season-high eight games. Giannis Antetokounmpo collected 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in his return from a one-game absence due to a sprained left knee.

    Boston’s Jaylen Brown scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter and added 10 rebounds. Kemba Walker added 23 points for the Celtics, who have lost five of their last six games overall and 10 of their last 11 on the road. Daniel Theis missed a 3-point attempt for the win at the buzzer.