Porter scored 13 points in the third quarter as the Wizards rallied from a 10-point deficit.
The Wizards fell to 10-5 as point guard John Wall recovers from left knee surgery.
The three-day break Utah enjoyed before Friday’s contest marked their longest in a month, and Utah used it to practice twice. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Jazz concentrated on film session and game planning how to use Jae Crowder, acquired from the Cleveland Cavlaiers at the deadline.
“It’s something we have to take advantage of for sure,” Mitchell told the Tribune.
Mitchell is coming off Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors in February, the third time he’s won that award this season. He averaged 21.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists, and scored 19.4 points per game during the long winning streak.
The Jazz would be smart to get guard Joe Ingles rolling again. Ingles averaged nearly 16 points a game and shot 54 percent from 3-point range during Utah’s winning streak. He’s managed just 41 points in four games since that streak ended.
Veteran forward Trevor Booker indicated on his Twitter account that he’s headed to the Pacers — even if the team is not yet ready to announce a deal. Booker was expected to sign with Indiana when he clears waivers after being released by the Philadelphia 76ers, who needed to clear a roster spot for former Hawks forward-center Ersan Ilyasova. Booker tweeted “Indy, let’s work!!!!” on Wednesday afternoon.
After signing a 10-day contract earlier in the day, Hawks Jaylen Morris made his NBA debut with 4 minutes remaining in the first period and quickly scored his first NBA points on his follow-up of a miss by Miles Plumlee. Morris was averaging 12.6 points with the Hawks’ G League Erie affiliate.
Once Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan pushed their games beyond the arc, their fantasy games maxed out. AP Photo/Steve Dykes
Take the case of Damian Lillard.