Joe Ingles has made a brilliant return from injury to play a key role in the Utah Jazz extending their NBA winning spree.
Sidelined for three games because of an achilles complaint, Ingles collected 15 points from his 17 minutes on court.
Ingles’ place on the inactive list ended a run of 384 consecutive regular season appearances for the Jazz but if there were any signs of rust, the decorated 33-year-old Boomer didn’t show it.
Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points as the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-102 and Ingles was the perfect foil.
Ingles connected on five of six attempts from outside the arc for his sixth double-digit haul in 10 outings this season.
Mitchell also made four of Utah’s 21 3-pointers.
Zion Williamson scored 32 points for New Orleans who trailed throughout.
Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds before calling it an early night as the Denver Nuggets routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-101.
Clean shaven and sporting a new buzz cut, Jokic also had six assists before taking a seat on the bench with the other starters for the fourth quarter.
Reserve Monte Morris added 15 points and Paul Millsap finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Nuggets have won six straight over the Thunder at home.
Luguentz Dort kept the Thunder close early by scoring 15 of his 20 points in the first half.
The Nuggets began to pull away in the second quarter and stretched it to 26 in the third before Jokic and his fellow starters became spectators.
It was a much-needed confidence boost for the struggling Nuggets (7-7), who advanced to the Western Conference finals inside the NBA bubble last season.