Jazz rebound with 127-105 blowout victory over New Orleans


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – There would be no last-second dramatics this time around.

Donovan Mitchell had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 127-105 on Saturday night.

Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson had 20 points apiece for the Jazz and Joe Ingles added 15 while making his fourth start of the season.

A night after falling 98-97 to the Pelicans, Utah never trailed after the opening minute and shot 56% percent from the floor overall. The Jazz made a season-high 20 3-pointers shooting 57% from 3-point range.

“We were locked in and focused,” Mitchell said. “When we’re that team for 48 minutes, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”

Jaxson Hayes led New Orleans with 15 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 12 rebounds

After making 11 3-pointers and shooting 40% from the perimeter in their win over Utah on Friday, the Pelicans made a single 3-pointer on 24 attempts through the first three quarters on Saturday.

“We spent a lot of energy last night fighting to win that game and I thought we looked a little tired tonight,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. “With that being said, we have to push through fatigue, these are the type of games that we have to give ourselves an opportunity to win.”

Utah ripped off a 19-4 run during the first quarter and surged out to a 30-14 lead. Mitchell gave the offense an early spark. He scored three baskets — culminating in a 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 16-point advantage — and assisted five others during the quarter.

Things only grew worse for New Orleans in the second quarter. Mitchell scored three straight baskets to spark a 12-0 run that extended Utah’s lead to 62-33 midway through the quarter.

The Jazz eventually built a 40-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

A blowout victory is a step in a positive direction for Utah after a string of disappointing home losses marked by inconsistent play on offense and defense.

“We’re not the same team as we were last year,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “Everybody has had different experiences from the time the playoffs ended to this year. Because of that, finding a new level of consistency is something we need to work toward.”

Royce O’Neale missed the game with a foot injury.

The Jazz next host Portland Monday night.

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