Ingles in season-high NBA return for Utah

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Joe Ingles scored a season-high 24 points and added six assists to help the Utah Jazz build on an impressive start in the NBA in a 122-108 win over the Boston Celtics.

Ingles, who became the Jazz's all-time three-point field goal exponent last month, enjoyed another profitable night from beyond the arc.

The veteran Boomer drained five of his 11 three-point attempts as the Jazz recorded their fifth straight win and 16th victory in 17 games.

Utah also tied their best-ever start by improving to an NBA-leading 20-5.

Donovan Mitchell had 36 points and nine assists for the Jazz.

The Jazz slammed the door on a Celtics comeback by scoring on six straight possessions.

Ingles and Mitchell combined for three 3-pointers to start the run, giving Utah a 122-108 lead in the final minute.

Ben Simmons registered 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers turned up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 119-111.

A day after Sixers coach Doc Rivers unequivocally backed the All-Star despite an inability to shoot three-pointers, Simmons once again proved his value to a side that is setting the pace in the Eastern Conference.

Rivers says Simmons' defence is up with the best and the Australian was at the forefront when the Sixers needed him when it mattered.

"I loved the defence first," Rivers said.

"This is a very good offensive team. Holding them to 20 points in the third and fourth quarter is great."

The Sixers built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter before the Kings responded and went up 66-61 on successive 3-points in the span of less than a minute.

Sacramento led 71-66 at the break and the game stayed close from there until the end with Joel Embiid collecting 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Sixers.

Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Orlando Magic to eight games with a 106-97.

A Stephen Curry masterclass in the third quarter ensured the Golden State Warriors rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 114-91.

Curry scored 32 points as the Warriors burst away from a game tied at 53 after the main break with a spurt that produced a 21-point lead.

San Antonio cut that margin to 88-76 two minutes into the fourth quarter but could get no closer as Australia's Patty Mills scored 13 points.

In other games, the Detroit Pistons took advantage of Kevin Durant's absence, beating the Brooklyn Nets 122-111 and the Miami Heat scored a 98-96 comeback win over the New York Knicks.

The Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Orlando Magic to eight games with a 106-97 victory.

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Houston Rockets 130-101.