SALT LAKE CITY – – Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points in his return from a concussion that sidelined him for eight games, Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points and the Utah Jazz outshot the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets 125-102 on Friday evening.
On Utah’s first possession, Mitchell delivered an assist to Royce O’Neale for a three-point play. It sparked a 10-0 run to start the game and the Jazz picked up a wire-to-wire win for the third time this season and sent the Nets to a season-high seventh straight loss.
Mitchell shot 8 for 10 from the floor and had six 3-pointers and six assists in 22 minutes of energetic play. Mitchell spoke to the media earlier today about his frustration with recurring concussion symptoms since being shot in the head Jan. 17.
The rest could have done him good as he played a nearly flawless game against the decimated Nets with basket drives, accurate passing and accurate shooting. The Jazz were 2-6 without Mitchell.
Brooklyn rookie Cam Thomas posted a career-high 30 points just four games after his previous high of 25 last week. Kyrie Irving, the Nets’ only star to play, scored 15 points on 20 shots.
The Nets were without double-digit scorers James Harden (hamstring), Kevin Durant (knee), LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) and Joe Harris (ankle).
The Nets never trailed below 21 points the entire second half.
Utah played its sixth game without Rudy Gobert, who is recovering from a sprained left calf. The Frenchman was named to his third All-Star team with Mitchell this week.
Eric Paschall scored 16 points, Hassan Whiteside 15 and Mike Conley 14 for the Jazz, which won twice after losing seven of eight injury-riddled games.
The Jazz had 33 assists on 48 field goals as they shot 57% and went 17 for 38 from 3-point range.
INGLES SAYS HE WILL BE BACK
After tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Sunday, Joe Ingles met the media on Friday and said he wanted to assure everyone he was not going to disappear and never be seen again.
“I have no doubt that I can come back better than before,” said Ingles, 34. “My game and the way I play, I’m not going to lie, I never relied on athleticism. I was able to succeed by being who I am and the way I play.
Ingles played all eight seasons with the Jazz and is Utah’s all-time leading 3-pointer. His contract ends this season, but he has expressed his goal of returning to the NBA after the first serious injury he suffered since age 15.
“I made it very clear that I didn’t want to be anywhere else and play my career here,” he said. “I still think I have a few more years to give.”
Nets: Brooklyn trailed up to 34 in its least competitive game since a 118-88 loss to the Jazz on March 24, 2021. … DeAndre Bembry went 6 for 7 for 13 points. … Blake Griffin had three of Brooklyn’s 10 interceptions.
Jazz: Utah has won six straight at home in the series with Brooklyn. … Jordan Clarkson (knee) and Danuel House (virus) missed the game. … The Jazz had 16 turnovers, but topped just about every other stat.
Nets: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
Jazz: Host the New York Knicks on Monday night.