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On the Jazz whiteboard, in assistant coach Mike Wells’ immaculate script, one sentence stood out among many: “THIS IS THE GAME!!!”

Wearing new incandescent jerseys and playing the reigning league champions, it was Utah’s opportunity to make a statement on Tuesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz did.

A 129-99 win over the Golden State Warriors — not the resting for the playoffs version the Jazz beat last spring — saw Utah (22-28) play its best basketball of the season, including some things the team had not done to that point.

Joe Ingles had never made six 3-pointers before. Ricky Rubio hadn’t had 11 assists in a Jazz uniform before. It had been a while since the Jazz were able to extend a lead with Donovan Mitchell sitting on the bench. And Utah hadn’t scored 129 points in any game this season. And the Warriors had not lost by 30 points, either.

Somehow, these things came together for the Jazz, who resembled the Warriors more than the Warriors resembled themselves — if only for one surreal night. There was a stunningly rare sighting of Golden State pulling its starters midway through the fourth quarter, not because they had built an insurmountable lead as they often do, but facing one.

Utah won for only the third time in the team’s last 17 meetings with Golden State.

It was Ingles — not Stephen Curry — who started out hot, hitting his first five looks from 3-point range. Golden State’s defense, which coach Steve Kerr readily acknowledged has lacked urgency on some nights, looked vulnerable as Rudy Gobert crashed into the paint for massive dunks and Ricky Rubio drove in to the paint, often leaving Curry in his wake.

The expected third quarter rally never came: Kevin Durant and Curry sludged through below-average nights. The only one of Golden State’s four All Stars who looked up to legend was Klay Thompson: He skewered the shot chart with 27 points on 12-for-17 shooting. But the team was just 5 for 25 from the 3-point line for the night.

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Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall is expected to miss his second straight game with left knee soreness Tuesday, as he and the team search for answers to the persistent problem.

Coach Scott Brooks said Wall was getting an MRI on Monday and then heading to the Cleveland Clinic to meet with orthopedic surgeon Richard D. Parker, who performed two knee surgeries on Wall in May 2016 and consulted with Wall when he started experiencing inflammation and soreness in November.

“It’s just [that] it’s sore. We have to figure out why is it doing that every so often,” Brooks told reporters, according to the Washington Post. “It’s really just in the short term we’re concerned because it’s sore, but other than that, we feel comfortable with him being able to go forward, but we definitely have to do what’s best and go from there.”

Wall’s knee required an MRI earlier this season and has also been drained and received injections. As for the visit with Dr. Parker, Brooks said, “We just know that they’re going to all meet, and we’re going to go from there … The next couple of days we’ll know more.”

Wall, who is slated to play for Team LeBron on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles in what would be his fifth straight All-Star Game, is averaging 19.4 points and 9.3 assists this season, both numbers a little better than his career averages.