Donovan Mitchell regained his scoring magic by getting 37 points and the Utah Jazz regained their path of victory by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 122-103.
The victory, which came less than 24 hours after losing in overtime to the Phoenix Suns, was the 23rd in a row they have achieved at home.
The French pivot Rudy Gobert He also claimed his status as the undisputed leader in the inside game and with a double-double of 18 points and 21 rebounds, ended up as a winning factor for the Jazz.
While the Australian forward Joe Ingles added 13 points and 6 assists and Utah dominated inside the paint with 58 rebounds for 41 of the Trail Blazers, who broke a two-game winning streak.
The base Damian Lillard scored 23 points and the shooting guard C.J. McCollum added 19 points as the best scorers for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the third time in four games and fell away from the top of the Western Conference by falling to sixth place.
Utah took the lead in the third quarter when he erased a six-point deficit and built a 10-plus lead while scoring 40 points on 57% shooting from the field.
The Jazz went 25-4 in a six-minute span that allowed them to take a 93-72 lead.
Mitchell, Gobert and Ingles combined to make 10 free throws during that time. Ingles and Mitchell also combined to score or assist in seven baskets during the deciding streak.
Both teams struggled to generate a consistent offense in the first half.
Utah barely managed 41% on field goals and Portland had 43%. Each team finally established a rhythm at the end of the second quarter.
The Jazz raised the set to 46-42 when Mitchell hit back-to-back baskets and helped a couple of others in a time of two and a half minutes. Mitchell scored or assisted in 10 of Utah’s 20 first-half baskets.
Portland responded with a 12-0 run and took a 46-54 lead just before halftime. McCollum and Lillard made back-to-back baskets that closed the streak.
But in the end, the Jazz with a 39-13 record remained at the forefront of the Northwest Division, the Western Conference and the best record in the league, favored by the defeat of the Suns 113-103 in their visit to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers.