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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket defended by Michael Carter-Williams #1 of the Houston Rockets in the first half at Toyota Center on October 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Jazz Beat Rockets, Mitchell Honors McCluskey

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket defended by Michael Carter-Williams #1 of the Houston Rockets in the first half at Toyota Center on October 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, Tex. – The Utah Jazz handily defeated the Houston Rockets 100-89 Wednesday night. After the Jazz lost two games, one a heart-breaking loss in the final second to Golden State, and the other a let-down game against Memphis, it was a welcome sight for Jazz fans to see the team back in winning ways.

Jazz Not Happy With Previous Outings

Obviously, the Utah players were satisfied with how they played in their opening three games.

Donovan, Rudy and Ricky told me they have yet to play a complete game – let’s see if they can close it out tonight … #UTAatHOU

— kristen kenney (@kristenkenney) October 25, 2018

Mitchell Plays Best Game Of The Season

Having started the season with high expectations, Donovan Mitchell hadn’t performed to such standards in the first games, causing some fans to murmur. In the game against Houston, Mitchell showed up in a big way, scoring 38 points to lead the Jazz to victory. The fans took note.

McCluskey Honored On Mitchell’s Shoes

With the community in Utah still mourning the loss of University of Utah track star Lauren McCluskey, who was murdered Monday night on the Utah campus, Mitchell memorialized the late McCluskey by writing her name on his sneakers.

A local college girl is murdered and an entire community mourns her loss. The next day the star of the community’s pro basketball team scores 38 points in an upset road win and dedicates his performance to her honor. Sports don’t mean anything but they can also mean so much.

— Zach Bloxham (@zblox) October 25, 2018