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Ingles scores season high in Jazz rout

  • Ingles scores season high in Jazz rout

    Australian Joe Ingles dropped a season-high 15 points to lead Utah to a 103-69 NBA win over Phoenix.

No Gordon Hayward, no problems for the Utah Jazz as Aussie swingman Joe Ingles turned in a season-best performance to lead the Jazz to a 103-69 over the hapless Phoenix Suns.

With Hayward injured Ingles started in the forward spot and the man dubbed `slo-mo Joe' delivered.

Ingles dropped a season high 15 points in the win and added a franchise season high six steals in the game as the Jazz improves their standing in the Western Conference to be just one game behind eighth-placed Dallas.

Ingles, who went three points shy of his best ever score in an NBA game (18 in a 2014/15 loss to Minnesota) was assisted by a team performance which saw rookie Trey Lyles come off the bench to lead the scoring with 17 points and Shelvin Mack score 15 points.

Utah's defence smothered Phoenix most of the night, and a five-minute stretch to begin the second half put the Suns away.

The Jazz opened the third with a 10-0 run for a 56-38 lead, and the Suns were unable to manage a single point for the first 5:27 of action.

In San Antonio the Spurs made it 34 straight home wins with a 118-110 victory over the Portland Trailblazers.

The win takes the Spurs to 58-10 for the season just three and a half games behind the 61-6 record of Golden State Warriors.

Patty Mills produced plenty of second half points for the Spurs, dropping a total of 17 for the match and going three of four from beyond the arc.

While Mills' contribution was good, starting guard Tony Parker's was better.

The Frenchman scored 18 points and dropped off 16 assists in a huge double-double, while Kawhi Leonard and LeMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points each.

San Antonio led by two points at halftime but separated from the Trailblazers in the third quarter, scoring the first 10 points and opening as much as a 19-point lead.

Leonard, who was limited to six points in the first half when he took three shots, scored 11 points in the Spurs' run and the quarter ended with San Antonio holding a 95-78 advantage to make the final period all but academic.

San Antonio's streak is the third-longest in NBA history, behind Chicago's 44-game regular-season home run in 1995-96 and the continuing streak by Golden State (50 games) and is second in all-time in NBA history for the longest home winning streaks to start a season (37, set by the Bulls in 1995-96).

Other winners on Thursday were the Raptors, Wizards, Hornets, Bulls, Hawks and Bucks.

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