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SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell and Grayson Allen each scored 23 points to lead the Utah Jazz to their seventh straight victory with a 119-98 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Donovan Mitchell scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz overcame an uneven performance on both ends of the floor to beat the Sacramento Kings 123-117 in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night.

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HOUSTON — Chris Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers to finally reach the conference finals, helping the Houston Rockets eliminate the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

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HOUSTON — Joe Ingles scored a career-high 27 points and the Utah Jazz squandered a huge early lead before using a big fourth quarter to regain control and beat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Wednesday night and tie the Western Conference semifinals at 1-1.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Ricky Rubio had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah's first playoff triple-double in 17 years, and Donovan Mitchell added 22 points to lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night and a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jamal Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left that helped the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Utah Jazz 100-97 in their home opener on Friday night.

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My favorite band of all time, the Barenaked Ladies, released a song a few years ago titled, “You Run Away.” One verse reads, “I tried, but you tried harder. I lied, but you lied smarter. You made me guess who was it. I did my best, but it wasn’t enough.”

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SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly a week removed from the NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz introduced their three newest players Wednesday in 13th pick Donovan Mitchell, 28th pick Tony Bradley and 55th pick Nigel Williams-Goss at the Grand America Hotel.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The renovation of Vivint SmartHome Arena is well underway and on track to be finished by its Sept. 15 deadline, project director Fred Strasser told members of the media Tuesday during a hard-hat tour of the facility.

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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 99-91 on Tuesday night to even their playoff series at 1-1.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Winning in the NBA takes talent. It takes one of the highest levels of physical toughness in all of professional sports. What’s often overlooked, though, is the mental toughness required to compete at the NBA’s highest levels.

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The last meaningful Utah Jazz playoff run came in the 2007 NBA postseason. The run ended against the wall of consistent basketball dominance that is the San Antonio Spurs (who won the title that season). No other postseason run has meant more to the franchise since.