SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz entered this season as one of the favorites to win the NBA title.
Like a few other teams on the top of that list -- the Lakers and Brooklyn, primarily -- they wound up as disappointments.
NEW YORK (AP) — Utah center Rudy Gobert was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for using profanity during a live televised interview.
Gobert made the comments Saturday after dunking down a lob pass from Donovan Mitchell for the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left in a 100-99 victory over Dallas that evened the Western Conference first-round series at 2-2.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 39 points, Jaylen Brown had 23 and the Boston Celtics took a 3-0 lead over the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-103 victory Saturday night.
Again making things difficult on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with their suffocating defense, the Celtics put themselves in position to sweep their way into the second round with a victory Monday night in Brooklyn.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert gave Utah the lead with an alley-oop dunk with 11.0 seconds left and the Jazz held off the Dallas Mavericks 100-99 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the first-round series.
Dallas Mavericks (52-30, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (49-33, fifth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Jazz -4.5; over/under is 211
DALLAS (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 41 points, Maxi Kleber had 25 with eight of Dallas’ playoff-record 22 made 3-points and the Mavericks, without superstar Luka Doncic, evened up their first-round series with a 110-104 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 2 on Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston’s Marcus Smart is the first guard in over a quarter-century to win the NBA defensive player of the year award.
NBA officials announced the award on Monday. The last guard to win this honor was Seattle’s Gary Payton in 1995-96.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikola Jokic is a finalist to win a second straight NBA MVP award, along with two-time winner Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid.
The NBA unveiled the top-three finishers in voting for its individual awards Sunday, with the expected names in the running for the marquee award.
Utah Jazz (49-33, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (52-30, fourth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Monday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mavericks -5; over/under is 203.5
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Juancho Hernangomez had a season-high 22 points and the Utah Jazz secured ,the fifth seed in the Western Conference with an 111-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the regular-season finale on Sunday night.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.
Deandre Ayton sealed the victory off a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points, Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 137-101 on Wednesday night.
Jordan Clarkson had 18 points and a season-high 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help the Jazz win their fifth straight home game.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz clinched a playoff berth with a 121-115 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Jordan Clarkson also finished with 22 points for Utah.
Memphis Grizzlies (55-23, second in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (46-32, sixth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Jazz -5.5
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 17 rebounds as the Utah Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak with a 122-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Lakers (31-44, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (45-31, fifth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James leads Los Angeles into a matchup against Utah.
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic knows the Mavericks haven't had home-court advantage in the playoffs since the young superstar came to Dallas.
Coach Jason Kidd might remember the last time the club did, since he was the point guard on the team that won the 2011 championship.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Terry Rozier added 25 points and the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from an ugly loss to beat the Utah Jazz 107-101 on Friday night in front a sellout crowd.
PARIS (AP) — After criticism from French national team players about a basketball venue planned for the 2024 Paris Olympics, organizers and the sport’s governing body agreed Thursday to find a new one.
Utah Jazz (45-28, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (37-36, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Donovan Mitchell leads Utah into a matchup with Charlotte.
NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle was penalized $40,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for directing hostile language at a referee, bringing his total to $130,000 in fines this season.
The latest came for his actions at the end of New York's 108-93 loss to Utah on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points and the Utah Jazz finished strong to start their road trip, beating the New York Knicks 108-93 on Sunday night.
Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 18 of his 23 points in the first half for the Jazz, who opened a six-game road trip with a stop home for Mitchell in the first of two games in two nights in New York.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 19 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, and Jared Butler set career highs with 21 points and seven assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 121-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Los Angeles Clippers (36-36, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (43-26, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Friday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz host Reggie Jackson and the Los Angeles Clippers in Western Conference play.
Chicago Bulls (41-27, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (42-26, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls square off against the Utah Jazz.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally and then fend off the Jazz in the final seconds for a 117-111 victory on Monday night.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Playing without Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder called it a “man-up type of game.”
Well, Jordan Clarkson was certainly the man against Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson scored a season-best 38 points, raising his right arm in triumph to ignite the home crowd and leading the Golden State Warriors past the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, 122-109 on Saturday night.
Portland Trail Blazers (25-39, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (40-24, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah hosts Portland looking to prolong its seven-game home winning streak.
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic sees a big difference between the fourth and fifth seeds in the Western Conference playoffs.
It's all about the home court, and the Dallas star led his team Monday night to a crucial victory in that pursuit.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic said making a Utah Jazz franchise-record 11 3-pointers wasn't all that complicated.
He simply chalked it up to being open. He said the Oklahoma City Thunder helped so much on stopping the All-Star pick-and-roll combination of guard Donovan Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert that it left him room to shoot comfortably.
HOUSTON (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 37 points and Mike Conley scored nine points in overtime to help the Utah Jazz outlast the Houston Rockets 132-127 Wednesday night.
Rudy Gobert had 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Jazz won their third straight and ninth in the last 10 games.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Utah Jazz are reasonably healthy, hitting shots and reasserting themselves as a Western Conference powerhouse.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 14 rebounds and the Jazz stayed hot with a 118-114 victory over the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points to help the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Friday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points, Mike Conley had 15, Rudy Gobert finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 13 points.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis has a right mid-foot sprain and the Los Angeles Lakers said Thursday he would be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Davis was injured Wednesday night late in the second quarter of a 106-101 home victory over Utah.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis has missed over one-third of the Los Angeles Lakers games this season due to injuries. It looks like he will miss more time after another setback.
Davis sprained his right ankle during the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Utah Jazz.
Utah Jazz (36-21, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (26-31, ninth in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah travels to Los Angeles looking to break its five-game road skid.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz are starting to roll again and Rudy Gobert’s return makes them look that much better.
Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 and Gobert had 14 points in Utah's 135-101 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
Orlando Magic (13-43, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (34-21, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Friday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah comes into a matchup with Orlando as winners of four consecutive games.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several opponents have said the Utah Jazz can’t defend when big man Rudy Gobert isn’t cleaning up their mistakes.
Against one of the hottest offenses in the NBA, Hassan Whiteside and the Jazz were determined to prove the doubters wrong.
Golden State Warriors (41-13, second in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (33-21, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: A pair of the NBA's best scorers, Donovan Mitchell and Stephen Curry, meet when Utah and Golden State take the court.
New York Knicks (24-29, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (32-21, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New York travels to Utah looking to end its four-game road slide.
NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Booker and Chris Paul were chosen Thursday as reserves for the NBA All-Star Game, giving the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns two selections.
The Utah Jazz also got a pair with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but the Cleveland Cavaliers had to settle for one player in the game they will host Feb.
Brooklyn Nets (29-22, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (31-21, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Friday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn hits the road against Utah looking to stop its four-game road losing streak.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles tore a ligament in his right knee that will require surgery.
Ingles is out indefinitely after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Chris Paul joined Devin Booker on the Phoenix Suns after a trade last season, it wasn’t always easy to decide who would be the finisher when games got tight.
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 33 points, Chris Paul had 15 of his a season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 115-109 win over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Utah Jazz (30-17, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (36-9, first in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Suns -6.5; over/under is 222.5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Poole scored 20 points to lead a balanced Golden State scoring attack, and the Warriors held off a late Utah rally to beat the Jazz 94-92 on Sunday night.
Royce O’Neale rebounded Bojan Bogdanovic’s missed 3-pointer with a hand in his face and O’Neale couldn’t convert a tip-in as the final buzzer sounded.