Jazz hand Thunder another loss in NBA

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Shorthanded Utah Jazz bounced back from Monday's NBA defeat and a rough first quarter against Oklahoma City to beat the Thunder 106-96 night in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz played without three regulars -- Joe Ingles (knee soreness), Royce O'Neale (rest) and Jordan Clarkson (ankle sprain) -- but still had six players reach double-figure scoring and three register double-doubles to bounce back from their home loss to Washington.

Bojan Bogdanovic (23 points) and Donovan Mitchell (22) led the way as Rudy Gobert came within three blocks of a triple-double, scoring 13 points with 14 rebounds and seven swats,.

Mike Conley returned to the lineup after skipping Monday's game for load management to compile 15 points and 14 assists. Georges Niang took advantage of his first start this season with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz won for the 12th time in 15 games.

Luguentz Dort had a game-high 42 points for the struggling Thunder who are 13th in the Western Conference.

The Jazz (41-14) maintain their conference lead ahead of the Phoenix Suns (39-15), 106-86 winners over Miami Heat.

Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the Suns got 65 points from their bench in their 10th win from their last 11 starts.

Four bench players scored in double figures, including Cam Johnson (15 points), Payne (14), Torrey Craig (14) and Dario Saric (13). That offset a fairly quiet night for the Suns' All-Star backcourt of Devin Booker and Chris Paul.

Jimmy Butler had 18 points for the Heat.

In Minneapolis, the Brooklyn Nets drew level with Philadelphia in the East (37-17) with a 127-97 thrashing of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Durant had 31 points for the Nets.

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 36 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 win over one of his former teams, the Indiana Pacers.

Despite the absence of leading scorer Kawhi Leonard due to a right foot injury, Los Angeles held the lead for much of the night.

George, who played for the Pacers from 2011 through 2017, recorded 32-plus points for the fourth consecutive game, while the Clippers, third in the West, reeled off their sixth straight win.

Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 29 points.

In Charlotte, Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and the Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up a road trip by defeating the Hornets 101-93.

Elsewhere, the Atlanta Hawks edged the Toronto Raptors 108-103 and the Boston Celtics held on to edge the Portland Trail Blazers 116-115.