Rudy Gobert took the lead at the top of the 3-point line and freed Donovan Mitchell from defending Josh Hart. As Mitchell turned the corner and surveyed the scene, he only saw JaVale McGee between him and the basket and accelerated. Unfortunately for McGee, he came too late to the same conclusion.
Mitchell halved his explosive opening by leaping into the air, putting the ball back and down with a vicious one-hand slump with the Vivint Smart Home Arena downright, bellowing with joy and the visit from Los Angeles Lakers wondering how everything went so fast
For Mitchell, as the de facto point guard, he did nothing to slow down his game as he had a total of 33 points and added a career to nine assists, where jazz passed the Lakers 1
"My biggest concern is just trying to get the right values," Mitchell said. "It's been my thing since I came here. Just keep playing and find guys. "
One minute later, Joe Ingles – the other primary ball handler of jazz – is in the evening O & # 39; Neale is open again for another Tire.
"People do not know that Royce is one of the best shooters in the team. Tonight was an evening people could see, "Mitchell said." He has improved his jumper tremendously, as a night like tonight showed.
Despite Lakers striker Brandon Ingram's iso-ball success, the first quarter never got out of hand.
The same could not be said for the second.
LA Suddenly no shot could be made – the last 14 attempts of the field were missed in the quarter. The jazz took the opportunity to finish in a 12-4 run – including Ingles Layup, Mitchell's Dunk, Gobert Dunk and 3s by Ingles and O'Neale – to open the game and a 62-41 Guide to halftime. 19659012] As dominant as jazz was in the second quarter, they were equally mediocre in the third quarter.
Stagnating offense, unexplained turnovers, bad picking, lack of board effort – and suddenly the Lakers Small Ball lineup with Michael Beasley in the middle ran to just under 10 points with 76-66 points.
That seemed to catch the attention of jazz again. They finished the quarter in a 7-2 draw – when LA got cold again and missed the last seven shots – to reach 15 in the last frame.
The Lakers did not threaten to close the gap afterwards.
In the end, Utah's second consecutive win of the season increased from 22.51 to over 500.
Mitchell proved throughout the night to be an effective and efficient catalyst, finding the right balance between chasing his own shot and searching found after open teammates. He made 14 of 24 shots – including 4 out of 5 from the depths.