OKLAHOMA CITY – – Donovan Mitchell scored six straight points in the final minute and the Utah Jazz held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-104 on Wednesday night.
Mitchell had a tough night of shooting before the final surge, having only managed four of his first 14 shots. He finished with 13 points.
“This is what I do,” Mitchell said. “At the end of the day sometimes you just have to go out there and get it. My team trust me, I trust myself, I work for these moments and never let the moment get too big. I missed the winner of the game the other night, so you have to answer.
Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench to lead Utah. Mike Conley added 18 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Lu Dort led the Thunder with 27 points, scoring five 3 points. Josh Giddey had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Clarkson had back-to-back shots after the Thunder took their last lead of the night at 94-93 midway through the final period. Gobert followed with a steal and a slam and it looked like Utah had some leeway.
But the young Thunder rallied.
Giddey scored 3 points with 2:26 left to tie it at 101.
Conley definitely put the Jazz back in front with a short jumper, and Mitchell took over from that point. He put his own dud under the basket, made two free throws on the next down trip, then finished the race with a jumper that gave the Jazz their final margin. When Dort was called up for an offensive foul with: 40 seconds left, Oklahoma City contested and lost, thus ending the Thunder’s c
Despite the battle the Jazz faced with the young Thunder team, Mitchell believed his team had done things that would help them during the season.
“It was a good game. I don’t think the score reflects the way we played as a group,” said Mitchell.
“We had a few breakdowns, but we had a lot of good things that we can remember and be proud of. They pulled off a few shots, but to finish like we did, that’s what we wanted.
Jazz: Hassan Whiteside recovered two quick techniques and was left out of the game with a time-out at the end of the first quarter. He played just three minutes before the expulsion. It was his second of the season.
Thunder: Coach Mark Daigneault was back after missing three games for the birth of his first child. He and his wife Ashley welcomed Alex John (AJ) on Monday. … With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out for a third straight game, Daigneault gave rookie Aaron Wiggins his first career start. At 22 years and 8 months, he was actually the oldest player in the Thunder’s starting lineup, which included three rookies.
Jazz: welcome New Orleans on Friday night.
Thunder: welcome Washington on Friday night.