Mitchell: Fueled by hunger to keep Jazz playing

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SALT LAKE CITY — “Determination over negativity,” isn’t just a marketing slogan for Donovan Mitchell‘s Adidas signature shoe. It’s a mantra for the young Utah Jazz star.

So Mitchell wasn’t thinking about how much he had struggled during this series when the fourth quarter of Game 4 began with the Houston Rockets leading by four points. He just wanted to make sure the Jazz got to board a flight to Houston the next afternoon.

“I’m not trying to go home,” Mitchell told ESPN after scoring 19 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter of the Jazz’s series-extending 107-91 win Monday night. “I’m not trying to watch the rest of these games from the couch.”

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About Last Night: Mitchell atones for Game 3 meltdown

Given that no team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit in NBA history, it’s almost certainly a case of too little, too late. 

But give Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell credit: Two days after his late-game meltdown allowed the Rockets to steal Game 3 despite a historically bad shooting night by James Harden, the budding young star bounced back with a vengeance. 

Refusing to go quietly into the offseason, Mitchell exploded for 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz extended the series with a 107-91 victory in Monday’s Game 4. 

Up until that decisive fourth, the contest was playing out in remarkably similar fashion to Game 3. The Rockets were struggling on offense, shooting just 41 percent from the floor despite sinking 17 3-pointers, and somehow led by three heading in to the final 12 minutes. 

Enter Mitchell. In stark contrast to Saturday, when he missed

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Bucks advance for 1st time in 18 years and face Celtics

DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo will have his unique talents on display in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in his six-year career.

If Milwaukee’s superstar can match or beat his latest jaw-dropping highlight, everyone is in for a treat, unless they play or root for the Boston Celtics.

Antetokounmpo scored a career playoff-high 41 points to lift the Bucks a 127-104 sweep-sealing win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

“This means a lot,” he said softly.

The top-seeded Bucks will face fourth-seeded Boston in a postseason rematch. The Celtics are also coming off a sweep, against Indiana, and should have confidence in the matchup after eliminating Milwaukee in the first round last year.

The Bucks swept a seven-game series for the first time since 1983, when they did it in the conference semifinals against Boston.

“We’re going to celebrate it and have fun,

Suns fire Igor Kokoskov after one year

One year was apparently enough time for the Suns to decide Igor Kokoskov was not long-term coach they wanted.

Phoenix has fired Kokoskov — the first European-born head coach in NBA history — early Tuesday morning, two weeks after he finished his first season as an NBA head coach. The former Utah assistant and Slovenian national team coach guided a Suns team that finished with the worst record in the Western Conference (19-63).

“After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position,” Suns president of basketball operations James Jones said in a team release. “I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”

Despite having high-scoring guard Devin Booker and No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton at his disposal, Kokoskov was also left with Isaiah Canaan, De’Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo

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Suns fire Igor Kokoskov after 1 season

PHOENIX (AP) — One season was not enough for Igor Kokoskov to convince the Phoenix Suns that he was the man to lead the franchise into the future.

The Suns fired Kokoskov Monday night, ending the tenure of the NBA’s first European-born coach after one disappointing season.

“After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position,” Suns GM James Jones said in a statement. “I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”

Kokoskov arrived in the desert with hopes of rebuilding a franchise coming off its second-worst record at 21-61. He was hired to replace Jay Triano, named interim coach after Earl Watson was fired last season.

The Suns entered the 2018-19 season with one of the NBA’s most dynamic scorers in Devin Booker and added the No.

Mitchell helps Jazz stave off elimination

DETROIT (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night.

Jae Crowder added 23 points. Ricky Rubio chipped in 18 points and 11 assists and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Utah staved off elimination to force Game 5 on Wednesday.

James Harden scored 30 points to lead Houston. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon chipped in 16 points.

Utah’s offense got a major boost from Crowder and Rubio in the first quarter. The duo combined for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the quarter to help the Jazz carve out a double digit lead.

The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 and outscored the Rockets 31-12 in the period.

Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell turned a rough start into a fantastic finish.

Mitchell dominated in the fourth quarter, rallying the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night.

Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the final quarter to help the Jazz pull away for their first win in the series.

Utah staved off elimination and forced a Game 5 on Wednesday.

Mitchell’s late-game performance helped the second-year guard make up for struggles earlier. He turned the ball over twice in the first two minutes and shot just 36 percent from the field in the first three quarters before going 6 of 12 in the fourth.

Mitchell never lost confidence that he could turn it around.

“My teammates have had my back with every mistake, everything I’ve done well,” Mitchell said. “When you

Series Preview: Bucks, Celtics at it again after first-round sweeps

The Eastern Conference semifinals, the two series that we’ve been waiting for since October, are almost here. The top four teams in the East are loaded with talent, and they all can reach The Finals if they can put it together on both ends of the floor. With apologies to the teams that finished Nos. 5-8 in the standings, it’s time for the East playoffs to really get started — and to find out which East team will be the first in the last nine years to reach The Finals without LeBron James. After this round, two franchises will be one step closer, and two teams will have seen their season end in disappointment.

The first matchup to be set is the one between the team expected to be the best in the East (the Boston Celtics) and the team that was the best in the East (Milwaukee Bucks). These two squads met

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Kings' Walton accused in lawsuit of sexual assault

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A lawsuit alleges that new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman sometime before he was named coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in April 2016.

The civil lawsuit, first reported by TMZ and confirmed by ESPN, alleges that Kelli Tennant, a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA — the Lakers’ regional sports network — received an unwanted physical advance by Walton at a Santa Monica, California, hotel room.

The suit alleges that Tennant, who had a working relationship with Walton stemming from his time as a guest analyst on Spectrum, met with him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel to drop off a copy of her book, for which he provided the foreword, when he was in town on a road trip as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

According to the legal documents obtained by ESPN, Walton allegedly invited Tennant