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Joe Ingles, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio hit 3-pointers during an 18-3 flurry to start the second half as the Utah Jazz pulled away from the short-handed Golden State Warriors for a 110-91 romp Sunday night in Oakland, Calif.
Utah, which had a 12-game road winning streak snapped Friday in an overtime loss at San Antonio, regained its winning ways away from home en route to the 23rd victory in its past 27 games.
Playing without injured stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, the Warriors lost for the fifth time in 11 games in March, their losingest month in the Steve Kerr era.
Kerr disclosed before the game that there’s “no way” Curry, who sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee Friday against Atlanta, would be ready to play in the first round of the playoffs, which begin in less than three weeks.
The Warriors (54-19) remain one win away from clinching the No. 2 seed in the West.
Meanwhile, Utah (42-32) pulled into a tie with the Minnesota Timberwolves (42-32) for the seventh seed in the West, moving 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Denver (40-33).
The Jazz trailed by nine in the first quarter and were up just 53-47 at the half before dominating the final 24 minutes.
Ingles got the game-breaking, third-quarter run rolling with a 3-pointer. Mitchell had two hoops, including his 3-pointer, as the Jazz used the 18-3 burst to build a commanding 71-50 advantage in the fourth minute of the period.
Mitchell finished with a game-high 21 points for Utah, which was drubbed 126-101 in its previous trip to Oakland in December. The rookie hit four of the Jazz’s 12 3-pointers.
Rudy Gobert had a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double for the Jazz, while Jae Crowder and Ingles added 14 points apiece, Dante Exum 13, Rubio 11 and Derrick Favors 10.
Quinn Cook had 17 points and eight assists to lead the Warriors, who were playing without their four All-Stars for the first time this season. Andre Iguodala added 12 points off the bench, hitting four of his five 3-point attempts.
The Jazz outshot the Warriors 48.3 percent to 41.8 percent and outscored the defending champs 36-18 on 3-pointers.
—Field Level Media