SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz built a 25-point lead, surpassed their scoring average (101.3 ppg) in the first three quarters (104 points) and then survived a Los Angeles Clippers rally for a 125-113 win Saturday night at Vivint Arena.
Turning point: The Clippers were within one of the Jazz in the first quarter when Jonas Jerebko scored back-to-back buckets and Ricky Rubio hit a 3 in a 7-0 run. Utah built that lead to 10 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The hero: Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 23 points with seven assists and four rebounds in the win. He made multiple clutch shots and passes in the fourth quarter, but his biggest play was a late steal and a layup to atone for a bad 3-point shot.
• The Jazz shot 62.5 percent, hit 6 of 13 3-pointers and scored a whopping 76 points in the first half.
• Utah outshoots L.A. 54.9 percent to 44.4 percent from the field and scores 104 points through three quarters.
• After one game coming off the bench, Joe Ingles returned to the starting lineup and tied his career-high with 21 points.
Jazz almanac: 19-27, Won 1
At Atlanta Hawks (13-32), Monday, 5:30 p.m.
At Detroit Pistons (22-22), Wednesday, 5 p.m.
At Toronto Raptors (31-13), Friday, 5:30 p.m.
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