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SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell returned to Utah’s lineup, and so did the Jazz’s tenacious defense.

The Jazz nearly led wire-to-wire in a 117-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night that snapped a four-game skid. They got there on the type of defensive play that propelled Utah into the playoffs a season ago.

The Jazz clogged passing lanes and forced the Mavericks to make bad decisions. Dallas committed 25 turnovers, and Utah turned them into 31 points.

“We wanted to play our defense with some heart,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “I thought we did that. Now we got to add some smarts. That said, I thought we came out with the right frame of mind.”

Mitchell scored 23 points in his first game back after missing a game with an ankle sprain. He also dished out seven assists and had five rebounds. Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Alec Burks added 18 points off the bench.

Utah earned its first home win of the season after opening with four straight home losses for the first time since 1974-75. The Jazz also snapped a four-game skid.

Also Wednesday:

Pelicans 107, Bulls 98: NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 32 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in his best game since spraining his right elbow nearly two weeks ago, and New Orleans ended a six-game skid. After missing four of his first five shots, Davis hit his next eight, including two 3s and a two-handed reverse alley-oop jam, while on his way to his first 30-plus point game since New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 23.

Thunders 95, Cavaliers 86: CLEVELAND — Dennis Schroder scored a season-high 28 points in replacing injured star Russell Westbrook to lift Oklahoma City. Westbrook sprained his left ankle Monday.

Heat 95, Spurs 88: MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside had 29 points, 20 rebounds and an NBA season-high nine blocked shots, and Miami snapped a four-year drought against San Antonio.

Pistons 103, Magic 96: ORLANDO, Fla. — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds and Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak.

76ers 100, Pacers 94: INDIANAPOLIS — Joel Embiid scored 20 points and Ben Simmons nearly had a triple double to lead Philadelphia past Indiana for its first road victory of the season. Simmons had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Philadelphia end a five-game losing streak on the road.

Knicks 112, Hawks 107: ATLANTA — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half, and Enes Kanter added 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead New York.

Raptors 114, Kings 105: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury, and Toronto improved the NBA’s best record to 11-1.

Lakers 114, Timberwolves 110: LOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyle Kuzma scored six of his 21 points in the final minutes to lead Los Angeles.

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