NBA roundup: Donovan Mitchell injured in Utah Jazz’s comeback win

Apr 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is helped off the court after suffering an apparent injury during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points before leaving with a sprained right ankle early in the third quarter, and the Utah Jazz rallied in his absence to beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 119-111 on Friday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 24 points, and Jordan Clarkson returned from his four-game injury absence to help the comeback efforts with 18 points. Rudy Gobert also contributed 13 points, 23 rebounds and four blocked shots as Utah won for the 13th time in 16 games.

Caris LeVert led Indiana with 24 points and Domantas Sabonis added 22 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, but the Pacers only scored 42 points in the second half en route to their second loss in three games.

Mitchell was due to undergo an MRI exam to determine the severity of the injury. The Jazz also announced that Dwyane Wade had purchased an ownership stake to join majority owner Ryan Smith.

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Knicks 117, Mavericks 109

Julius Randle matched his season high of 44 points and also contributed 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead New York to a victory at Dallas.

RJ Barrett added 24 points and eight rebounds and Derrick Rose scored 15 points for the Knicks. New York’s Nerlens Noel collected 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis registered 23 points and 12 rebounds. Luka Doncic scored 22 points, matched his career best of 19 assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the Mavericks.

76ers 106, Clippers 103

Joel Embiid totaled 36 points and 14 rebounds as Philadelphia held on to beat visiting Los Angeles with several regulars sitting out.

Furkan Korkmaz finished with 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range to help Philadelphia earn its fourth straight victory. Paul George paced the Clippers with 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists, the fifth consecutive game with 30-plus points for the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week.

Los Angeles played without Kawhi Leonard, who missed his fourth consecutive game due to right foot soreness. Philadelphia played without former Clipper Tobias Harris (right knee soreness), Seth Curry (left hip flexor tightness) and Dwight Howard (left knee soreness).

Nets 130, Hornets 115

Joe Harris scored 26 points and Kevin Durant poured in 25 points and added 11 assists as Brooklyn defeated Charlotte in a matchup of injury-riddled teams in New York.

Landry Shamet added 20 points off the Brooklyn bench. The outcome means Brooklyn, which lost Wednesday night at Philadelphia, hasn’t dropped consecutive games since early February.

Miles Bridges poured in 33 points and Terry Rozier had 27 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, while rookie center Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points.

Wizards 117, Pelicans 115 (OT)

Russell Westbrook made two free throws with one second left in overtime to finish with 36 points as host Washington defeated New Orleans.

Westbrook, who had 10 of the Wizards’ 12 points in overtime and assisted on the other basket, grabbed 15 rebounds and wound up one assist short of what would have been his seventh consecutive triple-double. Bradley Beal added 30 points despite missing all nine of his 3-point attempts.

Brandon Ingram scored 34, Williamson had 21 and Naji Marshall had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pelicans.

Trail Blazers 107, Spurs 106

Norman Powell hit the game-winning shot with 22.8 seconds remaining as short-handed Portland came from behind to beat host San Antonio.

CJ McCollum scored 29 points while Powell added 22 for Portland, which had lost four of its previous five games. Blazers star Damian Lillard sat out due to a right hamstring injury.

The Spurs led by 16 midway through the third quarter before Portland rallied to tie the contest early in the fourth. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points and added 10 assists. Dejounte Murray had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists (his third triple-double of the season) for San Antonio, which has lost two straight games.

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Nuggets 128, Rockets 99

Nikola Jokic posted his 50th double-double of the season while Michael Porter Jr. scored 21 points as Denver rolled to a win at Houston.

Jokic finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds while adding seven assists and two steals to pace the Nuggets, victorious in both of their games since guard Jamal Murray was lost to a season-ending left ACL injury.

Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points while Jae’Sean Tate added 21 for the Rockets, losers of five in a row and 10 of 11.

Grizzlies 126, Bulls 115

Dillon Brooks scored a season-high 32 points and visiting Memphis handed Chicago its fifth consecutive loss.

Memphis rode a 37-point third quarter into the final period, when runs of 9-0 and 7-0 helped the Grizzlies build a 20-point advantage. Six Grizzlies scored in double figures. Jonas Valanciunas’ franchise-record double-double streak ended at 16 games as he collected just seven rebounds Friday, but he shot 7 of 9 from the floor for 16 points.

Coby White led the Bulls with 27 points in the loss. He shot 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Nikola Vucevic went 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and recorded 24 points with a game-high 14 rebounds.

Timberwolves 119, Heat 111

After losing its past two home games by a combined 55 points, Minnesota used a big fourth quarter to upset Miami in Minneapolis.

The Heat ended their four-game road trip with a third consecutive loss. Minnesota has beaten Miami in its past five meetings and in six of the previous seven.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who had missed the previous two home losses to Brooklyn and Milwaukee due to personal reasons, had 24 points — and hit all four attempts from long distance. Miami was led by Jimmy Butler, who came close to recording a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Raptors 113, Magic 102

Paul Watson scored 20 of his career-best 30 points in the third quarter in his first career start and Toronto defeated visiting Orlando at Tampa. Watson was 8-for-11 from 3-point range as the Raptors won their eighth straight game over the Magic dating to April 1, 2019.

Yuta Watanabe also had a career-best with 21 points for the Raptors, who have won two in a row. Fred VanVleet, who had missed six games with a hip flexor injury and one more due to a suspension, returned to score six points with six assists.

Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who have lost seven of eight. Cole Anthony added 19.

Pistons 110, Thunder 104

Josh Jackson had 29 points, Saddiq Bey and Frank Jackson tossed in 18 apiece, and host Detroit handed Oklahoma City its ninth consecutive loss.

Isaiah Stewart powered for 15 points and 21 rebounds, a single-game record for a Detroit rookie. Killian Hayes supplied nine points, seven assists, five steals and four rebounds.

Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 26 points. Darius Bazley had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Moses Brown added 12 points with eight rebounds.

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