NEW ORLEANS (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz are proving to be true road warriors.
The Jazz won their 11th straight road game, and 18th overall victory in their last 20 games, beating the New Orleans Pelicans, 116-99.
Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis’ first career triple-double to push its winning streak to six straight.
Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points, including 15 during the last 3:08 of the third quarter to put Utah in front for good in what could be an important victory in a tightly packed race for one of the Western Conference’s final five playoff spots. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Ingles scored 20 for Utah, which has won 11 straight on the road.
Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game, but he had to spend the rest of his 25th birthday ruing New Orleans’ second straight loss.
Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, but missed 12 of 19 shots, turned the ball over four times and struggled defensively against Utah’s backcourt tandem of Rubio and Mitchell while guarding each at various points during the game.
Mitchell’s 15-point outburst at the end of the third helped the Jazz turn a five-point deficit into a four-point lead. His highlights during that surge included a stumbling reverse layup past Davis as he was fouled by Holiday, which he converted for a three-point play.
He also hit two 3’s during that stretch, the last making it 78-74 with 2 seconds left in the period.
New Orleans still had hope after E’Twaun Moore’s transition layup as he was fouled pulled the Pelicans to 104-97 with 3:10 left, but New Orleans managed only two more points as Utah pulled away.
The Jazz (37-30) stay in 10th place in the West, percentage points behind the L.A. Clippers. They next host Detroit on Tuesday.