Utah Jazz extend their home winning run to 24 games after beating the Sacramento Kings 128-112. Donovan Mitchell scored 14 of his season-high 42 points in the 4th quarter itself. Mike Conley added 26 while Joe Ingles scored 20.
Once looking like playoff hopefuls, the Kings’ skid includes losses to Detroit, which has the worst record in the Eastern Conference and Minnesota with the worst mark in the Western Conference. Harrison Barnes said earlier in the week that there was “no tomorrow” for the Kings and they played like it until they couldn’t match the explosive Jazz at the end.
Donovan Mitchell pores 42 for Utah Jazz against Sacramento Kings
Donovan Mitchell was 5 of 28 from 3-point range coming into this game and missed all five 3s in the first half, but hit back-to-back 3-pointers just after halftime. Down the stretch, he concentrated on going to the basket with success and matched his career high with 15 free throws.
Mitchell tallied his 18th 30-point game this season, but it took him a while to heat up after a slow start. But his ability to penetrate the lane on almost every possession powered a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter. Mitchell has scored 41, 37 and 42 points in his last three games.
Harkless hit two 3s to spark the Kings to a quick 12-1 lead as the Jazz missed their first eight field goal attempts. But the Jazz hit four straight 3s, Conley and Niang each made a pair and the Jazz had the lead by the end of the first quarter, 34-31.
Holmes had 21 points, a career high for a half and Fox added 18 as the hot-shooting Kings took a 65-59 lead into halftime.