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Donovan Mitchell throws down a fourth quarter slam worthy of the dunk champion in the Jazz’s 95 to 78 win in Memphis, Utah’s 17th victory in 19 games. (The Canadian Press)

Story of the Game

In perhaps the most predictable result of the NBA season, the Utah Jazz, winners of 17 of their last 19 games, defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, losers of 15 straight, 95 to 78, holding the Grizzlies to a season-low score on their home court.

Since 2011, games between these two teams have resulted in the lowest combined point total of any two teams in the league. So the final score was no surprise.

It really took only one strong quarter for the Jazz to establish a lead Memphis simply lacked the firepower to overcome, and that proved to be the second quarter. In the period Utah made five of 11 threes, two each by Jae Crowder and Joe Ingles, while holding Memphis to 30-percent shooting without a single triple. By quarter’s end, Utah held a 12-point lead that would never be threatened.

The Grizzlies simply lacked the scoring punch to challenge Utah’s defense, which held the home team to 55 points on 35-percent shooting over the final three quarters. Marc Gasol’s (9 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks) strange absence from the Memphis offense played a major role in this futility. The Grizzlies’s best player – honestly, the only player on their roster who measures up as a quality NBA starter in the absence of the injured Mike Conley – tied Kobi Simmons (???) for the fewest shots among the home team’s starters. Perhaps that can be attributed to the impact of Rudy Gobert (4 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks).

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Utah Jazz picked up a convincing 104-84 road win over the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers, on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Turning point: After the Pacers closed within 72-65 with 1:38 left in the third quarter, Utah scored seven of the final 11 points of the period and opened the fourth with a 15-2 run to take a commanding 94-71 lead.

The heroes: Rudy Gobert posted a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell led four other Jazzmen with double-digit points with 20 for the rookie.

3 keys

  • The Jazz outshot the Pacers 51.3 percent to 38.6 percent and made 11 3-pointers to Indiana's three.
  • Utah had 30 assists, led by 10 from Joe Ingles, while the Pacers had just 10 assists.
  • While both teams finished with the same number of turnovers (12) and steals (nine), Utah held a 19-10 edge in fastbreak points.
Jazz almanac: 35-30, Won 4
Playoff picture: The Jazz currently sit a half-game back of Denver for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Nuggets play Cleveland later Wednesday.

Next 3

Friday at Memphis, 6 p.m. MST (AT&T SportsNet)

Sunday at New Orleans, 2 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)

Tuesday vs. Detroit, 7 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah won its third straight game with a 94-80 victory over the Orlando Magic to improve to 34-30 on the season before the Jazz head out on a three-game road trip beginning Wednesday at Indiana.

Turning point: Trailing 39-38 midway through the second quarter, the Jazz finished off the half on a 16-5 run to go into halftime with a 10-point lead and were never really threatened the rest of the way.

The hero: Jazz center Rudy Gobert kept up his strong play of late with his third straight double-double as he finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds as well as a couple of blocked shots

3 keys:

• Jonas Jerebko filled in for an injured Derrick Favors (neck strain) and sank 3 of 5 3-pointers for 12 points.

• The Jazz shot 49.3 percent from the field compared to 34.1 percent for Orlando.

• Joe Ingles hit his first four 3-pointers on his way to an 18-point night and also had eight assists and seven rebounds.

Jazz almanac: (34-30 W3)

Playoff picture: 10th place, 1½ games behind eighth-place Denver

Next 3:

at Indiana, Wednesday, March 7, 5 p.m. MST

at Memphis, Friday, March 9, 6 p.m. MST

at New Orleans, Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. MDT

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