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Ingles’ Jazz move closer to NBA series win

Australia’s Joe Ingles took a back seat as teammate Donovan Mitchell went on his second points-scoring spree of the NBA playoffs to lead the Utah Jazz to a 129-127 win over the Denver Nuggets.

The Jazz lead their Western Conference series 3-1, thanks to a 51-point haul from Mitchell that elevated him into elite NBA company.

It was Mitchell’s second 50-point game in the series and he joins Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as only the third NBA player to score 50 points twice in the same playoff series.

Ingles played an influential role in the opening two games of the series to be on track for his best postseason statistics.

But Mitchell’s form has since reduced Ingles to onlooker roles as the Jazz attempt to wrap of the series in Game 5.

Mike Conley scored 26 points and Jordan Clarkson added 24 off the bench for the Jazz.

Jamal Murray exploded for 50 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists to lead Denver.

Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers’ season is over.

Kemba Walker scored 32 points as the Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter to complete an NBA first-round series sweep, winning 110-106.

Boston’s win marks the first sweep in 15 playoff series meetings between the teams.

With Simmons sidelined because of a knee injury, it also is the third straight season the 76ers have failed to advance past the second round.

Luka Doncic’s 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime lifted the Dallas Mavericks to a 135-133 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The win evened up their first-round Western Conference playoff series at two games apiece.

Doncic shook off the effects of a sprained left ankle sustained on Friday and recorded his second consecutive triple-double with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists.

He carried the Mavericks to the win despite playing without Kristaps Porzingis (knee).

The Brooklyn Nets have also been swept out of the playoffs, going down 150-122 to defending champions Toronto Raptors.

Reserve Norman Powell scored a career playoff high 29 points while Serge Ibaka added a playoff career best 27 points off the bench and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Raptors.

The Raptors swept a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time in their 25-year franchise history.

They will play the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

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