Jazz run win streak to seven after 123-98 blowout win over Wizards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to seven games with a 123-98 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 14 rebounds off the bench as the Jazz completed a perfect four-game East Coast trip.

“I think we’re a better team now than when we left,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “That’s hopefully what competition does for you.”

Mitchell shot 4 for 9 from long distance, while Gobert and Whiteside combined to go 17 of 19 from the floor as Utah took control in the third quarter after trailing by a point at halftime.

The Jazz improved to 19-7 on the season, 2.5 games behind Western Conference leading Phoenix.

“I think tonight, the way we played on both ends and the mindset that we had was really like a contender mindset,” Gobert said. “Every quarter we got better.”

Bradley Beal scored 21 points for the Wizards, who lost for the fourth time in five games and for the ninth time in 14 after a fast start to the season. Daniel Gafford added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Washington.

Former Utes star Kyle Kuzma missed the game after being exposed to Covid-19.

Washington led 51-50 at the break after a first half that included six ties and 11 lead changes. The Wizards were within three before the Jazz closed the third quarter on a 13-4 run.

“It just kind of fell apart from there,” Gafford said. “It was something that we could’ve easily fixed, but at the time there was a lot of frustration out there. Guys weren’t hitting shots. It happens.”

Mitchell hit a driving layup, fed Whiteside for an alley-oop, then dunked during the stretch that gave Utah its first double-digit lead, 77-67.

Mike Conley put the Jazz up by double figures for good on a possession later, before feeding Gobert for a layup that made it 81-69 at the end of the quarter.

Utah’s perfect four-game trip is its longest continuous stretch on the road without defeat since it also won all four games of a trip East from March 2-7, 2020.

Before the trip, the Jazz were 1-2 visiting Eastern Conference foes.

The Jazz next host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

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