Mitchell, Ingles power Jazz over Suns 118-97

Apr 4, 2019, 6:22 AM
Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes (21) battles with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, for the b...
Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes (21) battles with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Ingles has the green light to fire away from 3-point range — and he did so effectively Wednesday night.

Ingles lifted a short-handed Utah Jazz team with 27 points, tying a career high, and knocked down six 3s in a 118-97 win over the Phoenix Suns.

“Feels great every night, to be honest,” Ingles said. “I’m going to shoot when I’m open, regardless of if I’m making or missing. If it’s a good shot, I’m going to take it. My team encourages me to do it.”

Donovan Mitchell led the way with 29 points for the playoff-bound Jazz. Phoenix lost star guard Devin Booker for the game with 4:28 left in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly on his left ankle while jumping to receive a pass.

Booker suffered what was announced as a sprain and finished with eight points. Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said results of an MRI on Thursday will reveal the severity of the injury.
Ingles scored 15 of his points in the second quarter, and Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Jazz, who remained in fifth place in the Western Conference and have won 11 of 12.

Booker’s injury left the Suns without five of their top players, as center Deandre Ayton, guard Tyler Johnson and forwards Kelly Oubre Jr. and T.J. Warren are all injured and did not play.

Richaun Holmes’ 16 points and nine rebounds led the Suns, who have lost seven of eight. Rookie Elie Okobo added 15 points.

“That’s even more reason you want to just get back up and stay out and fight with your guys as much as possible,” Holmes said of playing with fewer able bodies.

“It is hard to replace a franchise,” Kokoskov said. “It is hard to replace ‘Book’ because he is a special player and special player for our team.”

The Jazz played without several top players, including point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with right hamstring tightness. Rubio missed his first game of the season and was replaced in the starting lineup by Royce O’Neale.

Utah also was without forward Jae Crowder (bruised right quadriceps), forward-center Derrick Favors (back spasms) and guard Kyle Korver (right knee soreness).

“Next man up,” Mitchell said. “Every game, you can see why it’s more and more prevalent.”

The Suns built a 13-point lead in the first quarter, but faltered after Booker went down. The Jazz rallied and tied the game at 33 with 9:38 left in the second quarter on Grayson Allen’s corner 3-pointer.

Utah took its first lead, 40-39, on three free throws by Mitchell midway through the second quarter. Ingles hit back-to-back 3s for an eight-point Jazz lead, and knocked down all four of his 3s in the second quarter.

Raul Neto’s 3 at the 3:09 mark of the third quarter gave the Jazz an 82-72 lead.

The Suns got it to 99-94 midway through the fourth quarter, but a pair of free throws by Gobert and Mitchell’s fourth 3 of the game put Utah up by 10 with 4:41 to play.

“Joe and Donovan hit some big shots that were timely,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

“When you’ve got everybody on the same page, it’s easy to make those big pushes,” Mitchell added.


Jazz: Host Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Suns: Host New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Today’s Top Stories


Irene Cara in 'Fame' (Photo courtesy of Mgm/Kobal, Shutterstock)...
MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer

‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer-actor Irene Cara dies at 63

singer-actress Irene Cara, who starred and sang the title cut from the 1980 hit movie “Fame” and then belted out the era-defining hit “Flashdance ... What a Feeling” from 1983's “Flashdance,” has died. She was 63.
2 days ago
The U.S. Coast Guard ship Bernard C. Webber, leaves the coast guard base, Monday, July 19, 2021, in...
Associated Press

‘Miracle’: Missing cruise ship passenger found OK in water

The U.S. Coast Guard says a passenger who went overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued on Thanksgiving after likely being in the water for hours.
3 days ago
FILE - A Montana man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the Capitol riot. (AP P...
The Associated Press

Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

A Montana man will spend three years in federal prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S Capitol.
4 days ago
Debbie, left, and Chet Barnett place flowers at a memorial outside of the Chesapeake, Va., Walmart ...
The Associated Press

Walmart shooter left ‘death note,’ bought gun day of killing

According to authorities in Virginia, the Walmart shooter bought his gun just hours prior to killing six employees.
4 days ago
Dry lakebed...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Lawsuit looms over tiny fish in drought-stricken West

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists have notified U.S. wildlife officials that they will sue over delayed decisions related to protections for two rare fish species that are threatened by groundwater pumping in the drought-stricken West. The Center for Biological Diversity sent a formal notice of intent to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service last week […]
6 days ago
Hand-written messages cover the heart attached to the cross to honor a victim of the mass shooting ...

Colorado gay club shooting suspect held without bail

The alleged shooter facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub was ordered held without bail in an initial court appearance Wednesday.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Mitchell, Ingles power Jazz over Suns 118-97