Jazz set record for 3s in half, beat Magic 137-91

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SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and the Utah Jazz set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a half in a 137-91 win over the short-handed Orlando Magic on Saturday night, extending their franchise-best home winning streak to 22.

The Jazz made 18 3-pointers in the first half, setting an NBA record in a season where the Jazz are obliterating all previous franchise long-range shooting marks.

Mitchell made 6 of 7 from beyond the arc to help Utah open a 78-40 advantage at the break.

Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic each had 17 for the Jazz. No Utah player logged more than 24 minutes while all 13 players in uniform scored at least five points.

The Jazz did all this without Mike Conley, Utah’s usual starting point guard who usually sits one side of back-to-back games to rest his right hamstring.

Wendell Carter Jr. had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic, who made just 2 of 23 from long range. Chuma Okeke had 16.

The Magic actually had more players on the injured list (nine) than they had available to play (eight). Terrence Ross was a late addition to the lineup despite a sore ankle and scored 12 points.

The Magic had actually won their previous two games after overhauling their team last week before the trade deadline. Orlando sent away veteran mainstays Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon, who had all been with the Magic for more than seven seasons.

With all the injuries and a five-game road trip, the Magic has had little time to work together and form any connectivity. And it showed in spades against the top team in the NBA.

Jordan Clarkson, who had been struggling with his shot, scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter as the Jazz led by as many as 20.

The margin first ballooned to 46 when Bogdanovic made a 3 to make it 92-46 in the third quarter.

Despite tailing off in the final quarter with the reserves, Utah still finished 26 for 54 on 3s. It was 14th for the Jazz with more than 20 3-pointers, which is currently second place all-time for a single season.

Utah also set a franchise record with its 39th straight game scoring 100 points. The previous high-water mark of 38 straight was posted during 1983-84 season.

The Jazz pick-and-rolls from all angles and easy dribble penetration created a bevy of wide-open perimeter shots, as the Magic were consistently two steps behind Utah’s movements.

TIP-INS

Magic: Against the Jazz, Orlando has rolled out its 22nd different starting lineup this season and had lost 253 games to injury (1st in NBA) coming into the game. … Orlando went 2 for 12 from 3-point range in the first half while the Jazz were setting records and missed all of its second-half attempts. … Carter came up limping in the fourth quarter after blocking a shot but continued playing.

Jazz: Utah has won 17 of the last 21 against Orlando, including five in a row. … The Jazz are 8-1 in games with no days of rest this season. … Six Utah players scored in double figures.

UP NEXT

Magic: At Denver on Sunday to end a five-game trip.

Jazz: At Dallas on Monday night.

Matthew Coles, The Associated Press