NEW ORLEANS — Derrick Favors scored 25 points, Rudy Gobert added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 114-104 on Wednesday night.
Donovan Mitchell had 22 points, and Joe Ingles had 10 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who won for the second time in New Orleans this season and exacted a measure of revenge for the Pelicans’ surprising comeback victory in Utah on Monday night.
Julius Randle scored 23 points for the Pelicans, who had won their previous three games — all on the road — before seeing their streak end in their return home. Anthony Davis scored 16 points and blocked two shots in 21 minutes, his usual workload in the wake of his late-January trade request. Jrue Holiday also scored 16 for New Orleans, which enjoyed only a few slim leads in the first half before trailing most of the game.
In their meeting two nights earlier in Utah, the Jazz led by as many as 17, but lost that lead in the second half in a 115-112 Pelicans win.
This time, Utah built an 18-point lead in the third quarter when Gobert’s layup and Mitchell’s 3 capped an 11-4 start to the second half, putting the Jazz up 69-51.
The Jazz still led by 16 when Davis checked out for good in the middle of the period, and that’s when the Pelicans briefly seized momentum. Holiday set up Kenrich Williams’ cutting layup, igniting a 16-4 run that pulled the Pelicans to 80-76 on Randle’s free throws.
Utah responded with the next nine points, with Favors scoring six on a layup, free throws and a putback dunk, and the Jazz appeared firmly in control when Jae Crowder’s dunk made it 102-85 with 8:08 left.
New Orleans rallied once more, closing to 104-98 on Williams’ corner 3 with 4:20 left. But a few possessions later, Ingles fed Gobert for a cutting windmill dunk that pushed Utah’s lead back to nine, and the Pelicans did not threaten again.
Jazz: Ricky Rubio assisted on 10 baskets, reaching double figures in that category for the first time in 10 games. ... After committing six turnovers in Utah’s loss to New Orleans on Monday, Mitchell had eight turnovers and just one assist in the rematch, but also made 10 of 18 field goals, including a pair of 3s. ... Favors surpassed 20 points for the second time in three games. ... Gobert posted his second straight points-rebounds double-double and fourth in six games. ... Kyle Korver had 12 points and Crowder finished with 11. ... Shot 52.3 percent (46 of 88), with 70 points in the paint, compensating for 8-of-30 shooting from 3-point range and 14 of 22 free throw shooting.
Pelicans: Frank Jackson scored 13 points, hitting three of four 3-point attempts, in 28 minutes off the bench. ... Williams scored 12 in a starting role. ... New Orleans missed 15 of 24 3-point attempts and missed seven of 20 free throws as a team.
Jazz: Visit Memphis on Friday night.
Pelicans: Host Toronto on Friday night.HEAT 91, HORNETS 84: At Charlotte, North Carolina, Kelly Olynyk had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 15 rebounds off the bench and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Hornets 91-84 on Wednesday night to break a tie for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Olynyk was 8 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc as Miami won its third straight game.
Dwyane Wade had a rough night shooting, going 4 of 15 from the field and missed both free-throw attempts. He finished with eight points and six assists. After the game, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker exchanged jerseys with Wade at midcourt.
The win was crucial for the Heat’s playoff chances given the Hornets had won the previous two games this season. The teams meet again March 17 in Miami.
Walker and Frank Kaminsky each scored 20 points for Charlotte. Cody Zeller finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
BULLS 108, 76ERS 107: At Chicago, Zach LaVine scored 39 points and hit the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead Chicago to wild win over Philadelphia.
LaVine scored 13 in the fourth quarter as the Bulls wiped out a 10-point deficit in a game that featured two endings.
The Bulls trailed 107-106 with 4.8 seconds remaining when LaVine inbounded to Lopez and got fouled as he cut past Mike Scott for the go-ahead layup with 1.6 seconds remaining.
LaVine missed the free throw, but the Bulls came away with the win after one more twist. He broke up Ben Simmons’ inbounds pass to Butler underneath the 76ers’ basket. Both teams left the court and fans started to file out of the arena. The problem was, the horn sounded before anyone touched the ball.
After a review, the referees put 0.5 seconds back on the clock. But with one more chance, Philadelphia came up short when the inbounds pass skipped off Butler’s hands.
Butler scored 22 points in his second game against his former team. Simmons had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Sixers, who are 4-3 since the All-Star break, with All-Star center Joel Embiid sidelined by a sore left knee.
WIZARDS 132, MAVERICKS 123: At Washington, Bradley Beal dunked over 7-foot-2 Salah Mejri and then stared him down in the most dramatic part of a 30-point performance as Washington beat Dallas.
Beal added eight assists and seven rebounds as Washington beat Dallas at home after losing nine in a row when hosting the Mavericks.
Trevor Ariza scored 22 and Jabari Parker 20 for the Wizards.
Rookie Luka Doncic had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Mavs. Dwight Powell made 11 of 12 shots and scored a career-high 26 points, while contributing 10 rebounds.
PISTONS 131, TIMBERWOLVES 114: At Detroit, Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds and surging Detroit beat Minnesota.
Drummond posted his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set the record with 18 last season.
Luke Kennard added 21 points for the Pistons (32-31), who moved above .500 for the first time since they got to 15-14 by beating the Timberwolves in overtime on Dec. 19. Detroit has won 10 of 12, including six straight at home.
Minnesota (30-35) has lost four of five. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points before fouling out.
SPURS 111, HAWKS 104: At Atlanta, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and San Antonio pulled away from Atlanta in the closing minutes for its fourth straight victory.
Derrick White scored seven straights points, putting San Antonio ahead to stay with a 3-pointer before hitting two straight shots in the lane. He finished with 18 points and nine assists.
NETS 113, CAVALIERS 107: At New York, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Brooklyn beat Cleveland for its second straight win.
D’Angelo Russell added 25 points for the Nets.
Kevin Love had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won four of six since that loss to the Nets in the final game before the All-Star break. David Nwaba added 22 points.