The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell found his shooting touch at the right time for the Utah Jazz.
Mitchell scored 25 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 39.2 seconds left, and Utah extended its NBA-best winning streak to 10 games with a 101-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Mitchell was just 9-for-28 from the field, but he delivered down the stretch. The rookie guard scored eight of Utah’s final nine points over the last 2:54 of the game.
He hit a pair of go-ahead baskets and a free throw to give the Jazz the lead in the final minute after they trailed by as many as 13 points during the fourth quarter.
“You can’t think about the misses, that’s the biggest thing,” Mitchell said. “I was continuing to stay locked in and just stay focused and understand the shots eventually were going to fall. Fortunately, they did.”
Joe Ingles added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Utah. Derrick Favors had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
The Jazz (29-28) moved above .500 for the first time in more than two months. Defense played a big role in their latest victory.
Favors blocked a pair of shots in the final minute. San Antonio was unable to get a shot off after getting the ball back with 16.7 seconds left.
Kyle Anderson scored 16 points and Pau Gasol had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who lost to Utah for the third time this season.
“We were in the lead for most of the second half,” Gasol said. “We just couldn’t finish it. We had some bad possessions offensively that led to opportunities for them.”
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Philadelphia announced the move on Monday ahead of the Sixers’ matchup with the Knicks.