Jazz Beat Spurs 101-99 for 10th Straight Victory
Rookie Donavan Mitchell scored 25 points to lead Utah to a 101-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Salt Lake City on February 12th. Mitchell, out of Louisville, hit a game winning jumper with 39 seconds left to give the Jazz their 10th straight win, currently the longest streak in the NBA. Joe Ingalls added 20 points, Derrick Favors had 19, and Jae Crowder, recently acquired from Cleveland, had 14.
The Jazz, 29-28, are above .500 for the first time since December 5th, when they were 13-12. Despite the 10 game winning streak, Utah is in last place yet in the Northwest Division, though they are just five games behind the first place Minnesota Timberwolves. More importantly, Utah is just a game and a half out of a playoff berth, and just 5 ½ games behind the current # 3 seeded Spurs in the Western Conference standings. The West is basically a two team race for first between Golden State (44-13) and Houston (42-13), followed by a bunch of teams for the other six playoff slots. The Jazz are 17-9 at home, and have five more home games in a row before hitting the road March 3rd.