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Jazz's winning streak coincides with the incredible form of Joe Ingles

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With a narrow 101-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Utah Jazz extended their NBA-best winning streak to 10 games.

They have now moved above .500 and their hopes of making the playoffs this season have been well and truly revived.

Not many people would have seen this stretch coming as the Jazz suffered a slump and appeared to lose too much ground in the race to secure a top-eight spot in the west.

But this remarkable turnaround has transformed their campaign and one player who has played a huge role in this winning run is Joe Ingles.

Hot streak

The Aussie is having a career year with Utah and has been a steady contributor for much of the season.

But over the last 10 games, he's exploded into life and has reached new heights with his production on the floor.

In the win over the Spurs, the 30-year-old posted 20 points for the third consecutive game. He put on a huge display as he also added seven rebounds and five assists.

In his previous two outings, he produced back-to-back career-best games with 23 points against the Charlotte Hornets and 24 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

To put this into context, Ingles had only notched 20 or more points just twice in his first 242 games in the league but has now done it three games in a row.

During the 10-game stretch, the Aussie is averaging 16.2 points on 57.8 percent shooting from the field, 57.1 from three-point range and a perfect 100 percent from the free-throw line, per StatMuse.

This outburst may have come out of nowhere but Ingles was already in the midst of his best season and shouldn't be surprising.

Signs

Throughout the year, the signs have been there that the veteran could take on a bigger role for Utah.

This amazing stretch has seen him accept more responsibility on the offensive end and he's responded brilliantly.

He now ranks as the number one three-point shooter in the entire league as he's connecting on an impressive 45.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

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Now in his third year in the NBA, 'Jinglin Joe' Ingles is establishing himself and living up to his big contract.

He signed a four-year, $52 million deal in the summer and that investment now looks like a sound one for the Jazz.

His numbers don't scream off the page - 10.8 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.1 rebounds - but his impact often goes beyond the box score.

But in recent games, he's been stuffing the stat sheet and deservedly receiving recognition for it.

For much of the campaign, the Salt Lake City outfit has relied heavily on rookie Donovan Mitchell to carry the load offensively and he's taken on that challenge incredibly well.

In order to be successful, however, Utah will need a second and third option and Ingles has stepped up to fill that void.

The loss of Gordon Hayward in the summer meant that the responsibility of scoring had to be shared and the rise of the Adelaide native has been a welcome boost for the Jazz.

They're now back in the playoff picture and with Ingles playing at such an efficient rate, it'll significantly improve their chances of success.

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Rudy Gobert
Utah Jazz
Northwest Division
Joe Ingles

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