Red-hot Jazz just too much for Magic


    DONOVAN Mitchell scored 22 points and led the Utah Jazz’s 3-point barrage with six in a 137-91 victory over the short-handed Orlando Magic on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in Salt Lake City.

    Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 17 points, while Jordan Clarkson threw in 15 off the bench as the Jazz won their ninth straight overall and 22nd in a row at home.

    Utah set an NBA record with 18 3-pointers in the first half, passing the 2018 Golden State Warriors (17). The Jazz finished hitting 26 of 55 from beyond the arc, including multiple makes by Mitchell (6-7), Ingles (5-7), Bogdanovic (4-6), Clarkson (3-6), two each by Georges Niang and Ersan Ilyasova, and one apiece from Royce O’Neale, Jarrell Brantley, Miye Oni and Matt Thomas.

    Wendell Carter Jr. led the Magic with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Chuma Okeke added 16 points for a team whose crisscross-the-country Los Angeles-New Orleans-Utah-Denver road trip ends against the Nuggets.

    In other games, it was the Bucks 129, Kings 128; Sixers 122, Wolves 113; Mavs 109, Wizards 87; Pacers 139, Spurs 133 (OT); Blazers 133, Thunder 85; Knicks 125, Pistons 81; and Heat 115, Cavs 101.

    Bucks 129, Kings 128

    Jrue Holiday turned a short jumper into a three-point play with 1:32 to go, then added a driving hoop 33 seconds later, allowing the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to stall a Sacramento Kings rally and pull off a victory without Most Valuable Player candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    Holiday’s personal five-point flurry capped a season-best, 33-point night. The Bucks led 118-105 after a tip-in by Brook Lopez with 6:48 remaining. But despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings made an energetic late push, scoring 14 of the next 15 points to tie the game at 119 on a Terence Davis 3-pointer with 2:06 to play.

    Davis, who shared Kings scoring honors with De’Aaron Fox with 27 points, had a pair of 3-pointers in Sacramento’s frantic late run. Fox added a three-point play, while Buddy Hield did the rest of the scoring on a dunk and a 3-pointer.

    Sixers 122, Timberwolves 113

    Tobias Harris scored 32 points and Joel Embiid added 24 in his return from a 10-game absence to lift host Philadelphia to a victory over Minnesota.

    Embiid added eight rebounds and three blocks in his first game since sustaining a bone bruise in his left knee during Philadelphia’s 127-101 win over the Washington Wizards on March 12.