Ingles dazzles as Jazz extend NBA win run

Joe Ingles was just one assist shy of a 20-point double-double in Utah's NBA win over Washington

Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz have surged to second spot in the NBA's western conference after claiming their league-best ninth-straight victory.

Even on their biggest roll in two years, Utah believe they can get a lot better.

The Jazz got off to a slow start before they overpowered Washington Wizards to claim a 127-116 road win on Sunday.

Bojan Bogdonovic scored 31 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 14 rebounds while Ingles had 20 points and a game-high nine assists for the red-hot Jazz.

During Utah's winning streak, Ingles has averaged 14.9 points and 6.1 assists - well above his season marks of 10.8 points and 4.6 assist.

The Jazz overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to win for the 14th time in 15 games and improve to 27-12 on the season - level with the Los Angeles Clippers and trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers in the west.

"It's pretty good, but we feel like we can be a lot better," Gobert said.

"The goal is not just to be second in the west, but be the best team in the west at the end of the playoffs."

Jordan Clarkson, who was traded for Ingles' Australia teammate Dante Exum last month, came off the bench and had 17 of his 23 points in the second half.

Utah last won nine in a row in March 2018.

Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Toronto Raptors 105-104.

DeMar DeRozan returned to Toronto and dropped 25 points for the visitors - 22 in the second half against his former team.

Mills had nine points off the bench but connected on just one of seven shots from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in 20 minutes in an easy return from a two-month absence with an injured right shoulder to lead Brooklyn Nets to a 108-86 victory over Atlanta Hawks.

In New York, Julius Randle scored 26 points and RJ Barrett chipped in with 23 as the lowly Knicks rallied to shock Miami Heat 124-121, while Memphis Grizzlies got past Golden State Warriors 122-102.

Elsewhere, Aaron Baynes scored eight points and collected seven rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns to a 100-92 victory over Charlotte.

And in the final game, Denver star Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Nuggets over the Los Angeles Clippers 114-104.