Utah guard Donovan Mitchell makes a pass in front of Indiana forward Doug McDermott during Utah’s 103-95 win on Sunday in Indianapolis. Mitchell had 27 points and 11 assists. Michael Conroy/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 11 assists as the red-hot Utah Jazz improved their NBA-best record with a 103-95 road win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Jazz (19-5), who have won 15 of 16, flowed through their All-Star guard, who also had nine rebounds. Mitchell ensured a fast start with 11 first-quarter points. When he wasn’t driving past defenders, he was pulling up for uncontested jumpers.

Former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic broke an 83-all tie with a three-point play at the 5:36 mark of the fourth quarter and the visitors never trailed again. On subsequent possessions, Mitchell fed Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles for 3-pointers.

In the final two minutes, Mitchell banked home a runner and sank a pair of foul shots for a 100-91 lead.

HORNETS 119, WIZARDS 97: Terry Rozier had 26 points with five 3-pointers, Gordon Hayward added 25 points and Charlotte won at home.

LaMelo Ball followed up a career-best 34-point effort against the Utah Jazz with another strong game, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Hornets handed the Wizards their seventh loss in the last nine games.


Bradley Beal, the NBA’s leading scorer coming in at 33.3 points per game, led Washington with 31 points on 11-for-22 shooting after being held to seven points on 1 of 14 from the field by the Heat in his last game. Russell Westbrook had 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, falling short of his sixth triple-double of the season.

HEAT 109, KNICKS 103: Bam Adebayo had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jimmy Butler had a big second half and just missed a triple-double and Miami won in New York in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Butler finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He shot just 3 for 11 from the field but scored 12 points after halftime.

Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro each added 16 points for the Heat, who won their second straight after dropping seven of eight.

Julius Randle had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, but the Knicks had their two-game win streak snapped. Reggie Bullock made seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points.

KINGS 113, CLIPPERS 110: De’Aaron Fox scored 36 points, Buddy Hield added 22 and Sacramento won in Los Angeles for its fourth straight victory.


The Kings are 7-1 since suffering a 19-point drubbing by the Clippers on Jan. 20.

Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench for the Clippers, who dropped two in a row for the first time this season. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 10 rebounds as LA played without injured Paul George. The Clippers’ reserves outscored the starters, 57-53.

Neither team led by more than nine points in the back-and-forth affair that featured 11 ties.

Nicolas Batum’s potential tying 3-pointer missed in the closing seconds for the Clippers.


KNICKS-PISTONS TRADE: New York agreed to acquire Derrick Rose from Detroit, a person with knowledge of the details said.

The Knicks will send Dennis Smith Jr. and a second-round pick to the Pistons, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet official.

Once it is, it reunites Rose with coach Tom Thibodeau, his coach in Chicago when the guard became the youngest MVP in NBA history.

Rose later spent one season in New York, averaging 18 points in 2016-17, before rejoining Thibodeau again in Minnesota. He is now in his second season in Detroit.

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