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NBA-leading Jazz deal Thunder seventh straight loss, 106-96

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and Donovan Mitchell added 22 as the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder 106-96 on Tuesday night.

Luguentz Dort scored career-high 42 points and Moses Brown had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11.

Bogdanovic, who scored a season-high 33 points in his last game, left his familiar spot on the perimeter and repeatedly took the ball to the basket. He finished with a season-high 10-for-10 shooting from the free throw line.

Utah Jazz forward Jarrell Brantley, top, fouls Oklahoma City Thunder guard Theo Maledon (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)

In pain, Bogdanovic held his right wrist after getting knocked to the floor in the third quarter. Surgery on that wrist ended his season before the bubble last season. But, Bogdanovic kept playing and was a key to Utah’s 66-38 scoring advantage in the second and third quarters.

Mitchell, who averaged over 40 points in his previous four games, didn’t need to be nearly as dominant against the Thunder.

Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks for Utah, which held the Thunder to 38.7% shooting.

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic, right, guards Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)

The Jazz used a 12-0 run after a 55-53 halftime edge to blow open a close game. Mitchell made consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run.

The Thunder never got within single digits until the final couple minutes, as Utah pushed the lead to as many as 25 points.

Mike Conley, who rested the first half of the back-to-back when the Jazz had their 24-game home win streak snapped, had 15 points and a season-high 14 assists for league-leading Utah (41-14).

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell brings the ball up during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)

Georges Niang made his first start of the season and the second of his five-year career for the short-handed Jazz and scored 18 points, including six 3-pointers,. He had a season-high 10 rebounds.

Coming into the game, The Thunder’s point differential over their six-game losing streak was 28.5 points per loss, the worst mark for any team in 17 years.

Known for his defensive prowess rather than his shooting, Dort scored 18 points — a career high in a quarter – to power the Thunder to a 31-14 lead in the first period.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)

Dort looked unstoppable in his second game after missing seven contests in the concussion protocol. The Jazz paid more attention to him in the middle quarters. He finished with a flurry to make the margin respectable.

The game was the third in four nights for the Jazz, who have won nine straight on zero days rest and are 10-1 overall on the second game of back-to-back sets.

TIP-INS

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks the shot of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)

Thunder: Aleksej Pokusevski (sore arm), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (sore foot) and Mike Muscala (sprained ankle) missed the game. … Dort scored his previous career high of 26 points against the Jazz in December. He went 9 of- 1 from the field and 5 of 7 from 3-point range in that game. … At Bazley’s urging, OKC coach Mark Daigneault successfully challenged a foul on Bogdanovic’s 3-point shot.

Jazz: Royce O’Neale (rest), Joe Ingles (sore knee) and Jordan Clarkson (sprained ankle) were Utah regulars who sat out. … Bogdanovic made a season high 10 free throws on 10 attempts, and Jarrell Brantley had a season-best 10 points. … Gobert had four blocks in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Hall (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)

Thunder: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host the Indiana Pacers in a rare day game on Friday.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Svi Mykhailiuk, right, defends against Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP PhotoRick Bowmer)