NEW ORLEANS – Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points, Joe Ingles added 22 and the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six games by holding on for a 128-126 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Brandon Ingram scored 35 points for New Orleans but could not convert a driving layup attempt at the horn while being defended by Rudy Gobert. The Utah center was chasing Ingram down the right side of the lane and appeared to make body-to-body contact that forced Ingram over the baseline as he attempted to take the final shot.
As the horn sounded, Pelicans players leaped off the bench pleading for a foul call while Utah players celebrated Gobert’s defensive play and quickly disappeared down the tunnel. Officials briefly went to the scorer’s table to check if there should be any time left and then ruled the game over, eliciting a cascade of boos from the crowd.
Gobert had 19 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell capped a 19-point night with a driving floater in the lane that broke a 126-all tie with 1:12 left and wound up being the winning basket as the Pelicans missed their final three shots and Utah its last two.
The game had 18 lead changes and 11 ties.
Utah briefly went up by 11 in the third quarter and the Jazz maintained a slim lead for most of the fourth until Lonzo Ball, who had 21 points, hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 121 with 3:15 left. Ingles’ free throws and his left-handed alley-oop feed across the lane to Gobert helped Utah take a five-point lead before J.J. Redick’s free throws and Ingram’s 3 tied it at 126.
Redick finished with 23 points for the Pelicans, who were without second-leading scorer Jrue Holiday (19.6 points per game) for the first time this season because of his bruised left elbow.
Jazz: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Pelicans: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). (AP)