Donovan Mitchell scores 40 as Jazz win 4th straight, 129-97

Jazz trounce Phoenix as Mitchell hits 40-point mark for second time

PHOENIX (ABC4 Sports) - Donovan Mitchell continues to impress, and the Utah Jazz continue to win.

The Jazz rookie sensation, who was just named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, started February with a 40-point performance, one shy of his career high, and the Jazz won their fourth in a row with a 129-97 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

''I didn't know I had 40 to be honest with you,'' Mitchell said. ''I didn't know until Joe (Ingles) told me. I think the biggest thing was we were clicking. Everybody was clicking, that was the best part of it.''

The blowout followed a 30-point win over Golden State in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night, only the third time in Jazz history that the team has had consecutive 30-point wins.

Mitchell made 14 of 19 shots and a career-best seven 3's in nine attempts. It was the sixth game of at least 30 points in his young NBA career.

''He's just making progress,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''We've been saying that for a while, he learns quickly. If there's nights when it's not a good, not as fluid, there's usually some reason why, people guarding him different ways. But he adapts very quickly. I thought his reads were really good.''

The Jazz made 15 of 29 three-pointers, and shot 57 percent from the field overall.

Utah improves to 23-28 on the season, and now trails Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by 3 1/2 games.

Ricky Rubio had 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Jazz. Ingles added 16 points, including 4-of-6 3s, and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jazz, who hadn't played since beating Golden State, opened a four-game trip in dominant fashion.

The Suns' only lead was 2-0.

Utah scored 14 straight points to go up 24-8 before Bender came off the bench for eight first-quarter points and Phoenix finished the first quarter with a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 28-23.

The Suns never got any closer. Mitchell sank a 3-pointer, was fouled by Booker, and made the free throw for a four-point play, igniting a 12-0 run that put Utah up 53-33 on Rubio's 3.

The Jazz led 62-40 at the half. They were up by 36 during the third quarter and 41 in the fourth.

It was the most one-sided loss for Phoenix since Jay Triano took over as interim coach three games into the season. He lamented the inconsistency of his team, which was coming off a home win over Dallas.

Utah will go for its 5th straight victory Saturday night at San Antonio.


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