Anthony Davis (ankle) officially active for Pelicans versus Jazz

Tanya Simon
March 12, 2018

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half as the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 116-99 on Sunday afternoon at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game, but he had to spend the rest of his 25th birthday ruing New Orleans' second straight loss.

The Pelicans raced up the Western Conference standings with their franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak, but they've lost their last two games to drop to 38-28 on the season.

The Jazz were able to win while weathering a triple-double effort from Davis, who was cleared to play shortly before the tipoff. He sat out Friday night against Washington, which handed the Pelicans their first loss in 11 games.

Utah's Ricky Rubio beat the shot clock with a wing three-pointer, giving the Jazz a 109-97 lead with 1:50 remaining.

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Whistles changed the dynamic of the game after the Jazz took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. His highlights during that surge included a stumbling reverse layup past Davis as he was fouled by Holiday, which he converted for a three-point play. Six of his blocks came in the first half.

New Orleans trailed by as much as 12 points in the first quarter, but it closed the gap by holding the Jazz to 33 percent shooting in the first half, including 5-of-18 from the 3-point line.

New Orleans cut the deficit to seven midway through the quarter, but Utah rebuilt it to 13 on Mitchell's basket with 3:38 left. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Ingles scored 20 for Utah, which has won 11 straight on the road.

Up next: Pelicans vs. Charlotte, Tuesday, 7 p.m. CST. The Pelicans beat Charlotte 101-96 on January 24.

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