Jazz roll to ninth straight win

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    BOARD BATTLE: Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson and Clippers counterpart Reggie Jackson fight for the rebound in second half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    DONOVAN Mitchell had 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals, and the Utah Jazz captured their ninth consecutive victory, a 114-96 decision over the host Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

    Rudy Gobert contributed 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won 20 of their past 21 games. Utah’s lone setback during that stretch came on Jan. 31 at Denver.

    Jordan Clarkson came off the Utah bench to score 18 points while Joe Ingles chipped in 14 points and five assists. Royce O’Neale had 12 points and eight boards.

    The Clippers again played without Kawhi Leonard (leg), Paul George (toe) and Nicolas Batum (concussion). Although the Clippers were able to earn a surprising win over the Miami Heat without the three and Patrick Beverley (rest), they had no such luck against the Western Conference-leading Jazz.

    Lou Williams had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists and Reggie Jackson added 15 points for the Clippers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Amir Coffey added 13 points while Serge Ibaka scored 10.

    In other games, it was the Blazers 126, Pelicans 124; Warriors 120, Heat 112 (OT); Hawks 122, Celtics 114; Sixers 118, Rockets 113; Grizzlies 122, Thunder 113; Pacers 134, Wolves 128 (OT); Bulls 105, Pistons 102; Wizards 130, Nuggets 128; and Magic 107, Knicks 89. – Field Level Media