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4A state boys basketball: Cold shooting dooms Orem in 4A semifinal against Juan Diego Catholic

The Orem Tigers shot just 26 percent from the field and fell 57-40 to Juan Diego Catholic in the 4A semifinal at UVU.

Orem, led by Ross Reeves with 15 points and Ike Richards with 13, finished the night with two 3-pointers, going 2-for-19 from beyond the arc.

The Tigers’ 40-point total was also their lowest of the season.

Both teams struggled to find the basket to start the game until Puka Nacua hit a pair of free throws and Reeves hit a 3-pointer to give Orem a 5-0 lead.

Jason Ricketts, who led all scorers with 21 points, then got the Soaring Eagles on the board with a field goal near the halfway mark of the first quarter.

Orem then took a 9-2 lead after Shem Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 3:06 to play in the first quarter, but from there, it was all Juan Diego as the Soaring Eagles went on a 10-2 run to take a 12-11 lead before the quarter ended.

A quick pass from Nacua to a cutting Richards tied the game at 16-16 early in the second quarter, but a 3-pointer from Ricketts started an 11-2 Soaring Eagle run that put Juan Diego on top 27-18 at halftime.

Orem ended the first half shooting 6-for-22 from the field and 2-for-8 from 3-point range.

The Tigers’ shooting woes continued in the third quarter, but Orem managed to outscore Juan Diego 13-7 to cut the Soaring Eagles’ lead to three with just over a minute to play in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Orem made just one field goal — a layup from Reeves with 4:55 to play to make it 42-36 Juan Diego.

After that, the Eagles hit 12 free throws during a 15-3 run to end the game.

The Tigers went 1-for-17 from the field and 0-for-8 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter while Juan Diego extended its lead by going 14-for-18 from the free-throw line.

Juan Diego will face Salem Hills in the 4A championship game Saturday.

Jazz beat Timberwolves 116-108 in game featuring 3 ejections

SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell also scored 26 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Friday night in a game that featured three ejections.

Jae Crowder — who was thrown out not long after jawing with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau — and Derrick Favors added 15 points apiece for the Jazz. Utah beat the Timberwolves for the first time this season.

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points for the Timberwolves and Jeff Teague added 25 before getting ejected for a flagrant foul on Ricky Rubio in Minnesota’s second straight loss.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with just 13 points after picking up two technical fouls and getting ejected before halftime.

Utah closed the first half on a 20-6 run stretching over the final 3:49 of the second quarter. Gobert and Joe Ingles combined to score off dunks on three straight possessions to fuel the run and Mitchell buried a step-back jumper to finish it off and give the Jazz a 56-45 halftime lead. Towns was ejected with 23 seconds left in the second quarter after picking up his second technical foul for questioning a call.

The Timberwolves did make a run behind some strong third-quarter play from Teague. He took a steal in for a dunk and buried a jumper on back-to-back possessions as Minnesota closed to 70-66.

Teague’s jumper made it 94-92 but Crowder buried a 3-pointer and Mitchell followed with back-to-back baskets to fuel an 11-2 run that gave Utah a 105-94 lead with 5:20 remaining.

Teague was ejected when he chased down a dribbling Rubio and knocked to him the ground with his shoulder. Injured Wolves All-Star Jimmy Butler tweeted that Teague’s play was what he liked to see.

Tip-ins Timberwolves: Taj Gibson played 39 minutes after leaving in the third quarter of Thursday’s 108-99 loss to Portland with a left hip contusion. He finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. . Minnesota went 9 of 17 (.529) from 3-point range.

Jazz: Gobert racked up his 18th double-double of the season before halftime. He totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds, along with two blocks, in the first half. . Utah outscored Minnesota 19-0 in second-chance points. The Jazz finished with a 45-27 advantage on the boards.

Up next

Timberwolves: Host Boston on Thursday.

Jazz: Visit Sacramento on Saturday.

THUNDER 124, SUNS 116: At Phoenix, Russell Westbrook had 43 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final 10 points of the game to escape with a 124-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Westbrook also had 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, who had lost three straight to Phoenix. Paul George scored 20 points.

WARRIORS 114, HAWKS 109: At Atlanta, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes of the first half after returning from an ankle injury, and Golden State beat Atlanta for its fifth straight victory.

Curry turned his right ankle and left the game in the first quarter. He returned for his high-scoring second period before returning to the locker room for good in the third. The Warriors said a “tweaked right ankle” was the reason Curry would not return.

76ERS 110, HORNETS 99: At Philadelphia, Joel Embiid had 23 points and 14 rebounds to help Philadelphia pull away from Charlotte down the stretch.

The Sixers won their 13th straight game at the Wells Fargo Center and looked strong in the fourth quarter on the second night of a back-to-back. JJ Redick and newly signed Ersan Ilyasova scored clutch buckets in the final minutes to continue the Sixers’ late charge up the East standings.

RAPTORS 102, WIZARDS 95: At Washington, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, reserve CJ Miles added 20 and Toronto beat Washington.

The Raptors have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a season-high four straight on the road.

Miles scored 11 points in the second half and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the game as the Raptors’ bench outscored the Wizards’ reserves 50-15.

Jonas Valenciunas and Fred VanVleet added 12 points apiece for Toronto.

PACERS 103, BUCKS 96: At Milwaukee, Victor Oladipo had 21 points, and Indiana nearly blew a 17-point lead in the middle of a mistake-laden fourth quarter before holding off Milwaukee.

With his team trailing by five, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 8.9 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic hit two foul shots at the other end to seal it and hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss.

Lance Stephenson added 16 points for Indiana, and Bogdanovic had 14 after going 12 of 13 from the foul line.

NUGGETS 108, GRIZZLIES 102: At Memphis, Tennessee, Gary Harris scored 26 points, hitting a key basket with just under a minute left, and Denver weathered a fourth-quarter rally to beat Memphis.

Harris was 11 of 18 from the field to help the Nuggets snap a two-game skid. Will Barton added 24 points, and Paul Millsap added 15 as Denver sent the Grizzlies to their 12th straight loss.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 22 points and nine rebounds, Jarell Martin had 16 points, and Dillon Brooks 13 points.

MAGIC 115, PISTONS 106, OT: At Orlando, Florida, Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando stop a seven-game losing streak.

Nikola Vucevic added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and nine assists for the Magic. Evan Fournier scored 17, including seven in the extra period.

BULLS 108, MAVERICKS 100: At Chicago, Bobby Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run late in the fourth quarter to help Chicago roar back and beat Dallas.

Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.

Kris Dunn finished with 18 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.

Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 as Dallas lost for the 13th time in 16 games. The Mavericks have dropped six straight on the road.

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Juan Diego Catholic forward Jason Ricketts (23) pulls down a rebound near Orem forward Ike Richards (25) during the semifinals of the UHSAA 4A Boys Basketball State Tournament on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the UCCU Center in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald