Jazz’s Mitchell, free throws doom Raptors

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TAMPA — Donovan Mitchell got to the free-throw line more than the Raptors Friday, and it was the difference for the Jazz.

Mitchell scored eight of his 31 points in the final minute and a half, going 4-for-5 the line as Utah held on for a 115-112 Friday.

“It’s not so much getting there, it’s finding ways to get there,” said Mitchell, who shot 15-for-16 in the game; the Raptors made 11 of 14 free throws. “For me, knowing how to get those fouls is what’s important. We got into the bonus fairly early, so that made it easier. It just feels like it’s part of my game, being aggressive. That’s what’s going to take this team to another level.”

Pascal Siakam’s 3 just before the final buzzer spun around and out for Toronto, which has lost seven straight.

Joe Ingles came off the bench with 19 points for Utah, which avoided losing on consecutive nights for the first time since Jan. 5-6. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Siakam led Toronto with 27 points and nine assists.

With the return of forward OG Anunoby from a six-game absence due to health and safety protocols, the Raptors played for the first time in months with their whole team. Anunoby finished with 15 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 5.7 seconds left.

“It was the first game with everybody back, but we’ve got to get back to playing with each other again,” said Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. “We still gave up 36 points in the fourth quarter. That’s just way too many points.”

Ingles and Jordan Clarkson hit 3s and Gobert converted a three-point play in a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter that lifted Utah to a 94-84 lead, the only double-digit lead of the game for either team.

The losing streak is Toronto’s longest since a seven-game streak in January 2012. A maximum of 3,800 fans were allowed in Amalie Arena for the first time since early January.

— BY DICK SCANLON

UTAH (115): Bogdanovic 2-5 5-5 10, O’Neale 3-6 0-0 8, Gobert 5-9 5-7 15, Conley 5-10 4-7 15, Mitchell 8-20 15-16 31, Favors 3-4 0-0 6, Niang 0-1 0-0 0, Ingles 5-6 4-4 19, Clarkson 3-13 2-2 11. Totals 34-74 35-41 115.

TORONTO (112): Anunoby 6-8 0-0 15, Powell 6-14 1-2 17, Siakam 9-22 5-5 27, Lowry 5-9 0-0 14, VanVleet 6-15 3-3 17, Baynes 1-1 0-0 2, Boucher 6-10 1-2 16, Flynn 1-4 0-0 3, Watson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 40-83 11-14 112.

Utah 23 32 24 36 — 115

Toronto 27 27 23 35 — 112

3-Pointers—Utah 12-37 (Ingles 5-6, Clarkson 3-8, O’Neale 2-5, Bogdanovic 1-2, Conley 1-6, Mitchell 0-9), Toronto 21-44 (Lowry 4-6, Powell 4-8, Siakam 4-10, Boucher 3-4, Anunoby 3-5, VanVleet 2-8, Flynn 1-3). Fouled Out—Utah None, Toronto 1 (Anunoby). Rebounds—Utah 48 (Gobert 16), Toronto 31 (VanVleet 6). Assists—Utah 21 (Ingles, Mitchell 6), Toronto 31 (Siakam, VanVleet 9). Total Fouls—Utah 16, Toronto 28. A—0 (20,500)