DONOVAN Mitchell outdueled Jaylen Brown, and Rudy Gobert had another strong showing as the red-hot Utah Jazz held on to defeat the Boston Celtics 122-108 Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) in Salt Lake City.
Mitchell hit three of his six 3-pointers in the final minutes and finished with 36 points and nine assists to lead the Jazz to their fifth straight win and 16th victory in 17 games.
Utah tied its best-ever start to a season by improving to an NBA-leading 20-5, which was also the record the franchise’s first NBA finals squad jumped out to at the beginning of the 1996-97 season.
Brown returned from a two-game injury absence to score 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum added 23 points for Boston, which went 2-3 on a five-game Western Conference road trip.
Along with playing stellar defense, Gobert scored 18 points to go with his 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Utah’s Joe Ingles scored 24 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Jordan Clarkson shook off a 0-for-6 start from beyond the arc to finish with 13 points and two 3-pointers.
In other games, it was the Sixers 119, Kings 111; Pistons 122, Nets 111; Heat 98, Knicks 96; Pelicans 130, Rockets 101; Blazers 106, Magic 97; and Warriors 114, Spurs 91.
Sixers 119, Kings 111
Joel Embiid scored 25 points and posted season bests of 17 rebounds and six assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the host Sacramento Kings.
Tobias Harris scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also collected 10 rebounds as Philadelphia won for the sixth time in the past seven games. Seth Curry also scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers as the 76ers prevailed in the opener of a four-game road swing. – Field Level Media