Mitchell Scores 35 To Power Jazz Past Nuggets

Jan 23, 2019, 11:39 PM
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the hoop as the Jazz and the Nuggets play an NBA ba...
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the hoop as the Jazz and the Nuggets play an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz were able to pick up a 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets in a wild game that featured a franchise record, two players getting ejected and a playoff-like atmosphere at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz were one three-pointer shy of the franchise record. They hit 19-of-46 from downtown.

Donovan Mitchell had 35 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists while tying a season-high with 6 three-pointers made on just 10 attempts. He is the first Jazz player to record back-to-back games of 35 points or more since Karl Malone in 1998.

Ricky Rubio added 17 points and 6 assists, while Rudy Gobert recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Nikola Jokic was fantastic for Denver with 28 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists. Will Barton dropped 22 points to go with 9 rebounds off the bench.

Utah Gets Hot From Downtown In First Half

The Jazz started hot with Ricky Rubio finding Joe Ingles for a three-pointer. Rubio made a bucket and converted the three-point play with a made free-throw. Then Rubio found Gobert for an easy layup on a no-look pass. The Jazz were up 8-0 early into the game.

Rubio made his first three buckets including one three-pointer to have 8 points and 3 assists just five minutes into the game.

With 2:46 left in the first quarter and the Jazz holding a 25-14, Derrick Favors and Nuggets center Mason Plumlee were in an altercation with both players getting ejected.

MORE: Favors, Plumlee Ejected After Altercation

Will Barton had a great second quarter with 12 points with 5 minutes left in the first half and Denver climbed back into the game to trail 46-42.

Utah was red hot from downtown, especially Mitchell. He hit three straight triples to keep the Jazz in front 55-50 with 2 minutes left in the first half.

The Jazz went to halftime with a 65-58 lead. They made a franchise record 13 three-pointers in 27 attempts. Mitchell finished with 16 first half points, including 4-for-5 from downtown.

MORE: Jazz Make Franchise Record 13 Three-Pointers In First Half

Mitchell Carries Utah To Win

It was basically an even third quarter for the Jazz as they scored just one more point than the Nuggets. Utah made three more shots from downtown to put their total to 16 through three quarters.

Mitchell would get hot early in the fourth quarter scoring 8 of Utah’s first 10 points and he had 31 points with Utah leading 98-86 with 8 minutes remaining in the game.

Denver countered with a 5-0 run but a crazy sequence on the following play to take the momentum away from the Nuggets.

Mitchell drove to the basket and the Nuggets blocked his layup that launched to Korver in the corner who immediately hit Jae Crowder on the angle, who fired a three-pointer and nailed it while getting fouled.

Jokic made a three-pointer and a floater in the paint while Mitchell countered with a drive to the basket and Utah had a six point lead with three minutes left.

After that sequence, Crowder was fouled again while hitting a three-pointer but he missed the free-throw.

Barton made a bucket to put the Nuggets within four points with over one minute left. Gobert put the Jazz back up by six after making two critical free-throws.

Coming out of the timeout, the Jazz defense put the clamps down on the inbound pass and the Nuggets turned it over on a five second violation.

Mitchell blocked a shot on the defensive end and the Nuggets fouled him after the rejection. He hit just one of the two attempts at the line and Utah had a 114-107 lead with 41 seconds left.

Utah was able to hold on to a six-point win.

Dunk Tracker

Rudy Gobert is on track to beat Dwight Howard’s record for the most dunks in one season with 269 in the 2007-08 season. Gobert entered the night with a league-best 171 dunks and added 2 more slams to put his total at 173. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has 163 dunks this season. The Bucks did not have a game on Friday.

Up Next

Utah improved to 27-22 on the season and have won 9 of their last 11 games.

They will face the Minnesota Timberwolves at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet. Minnesota is currently 23-24 on the season and have won their last two games and six of their last nine games.

The Timberwolves won the first meeting of the season on October 31 with a 128-125 victory at home. Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points in that game.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

LeBron James Utah Jazz...
Chandler Holt

Through The Years: NBA’s Scoring Leader LeBron James Against Utah Jazz

LeBron James is now the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Drafted in 2003, James has played many games against the Jazz in his 20-year career.
9 hours ago
John Stockton and Karl Malone celebrate co-mvp in the Feb. 1993 NBA All-Star game....
Chandler Holt

The Full History Of Utah Jazz Players In All-Star Game

Since 1976, the Utah Jazz franchise has had 16 players combine for 50 appearances in the NBA All-Star game.
1 day ago
Walker Kessler - Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers...
Chandler Holt

Coaches Draft Rising Stars Teams, Deron Williams Selects Walker Kessler

The Jordan Rising Stars teams were drafted today. Former Jazz All-Star Deron Williams picked Walker Kessler to join his team.
1 day ago
Chandler Holt

Candace Parker Will Be First Female Color Commentator For NBA All-Star Game

WNBA All-Star Candace Parker will make history in Salt Lake City. She will be the first female color commentator for the 72nd NBA All-Star game.
1 day ago
Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton drives against the Dallas Mavericks...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Lack Focus In Loss To Mavericks

The Utah Jazz lost for the second time in as many games falling to the dramatically shorthanded Dallas Mavericks 124-111. 
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

Poor Shooting Dooms Jazz Against Shorthanded Dallas Mavericks

The shorthanded Dallas Mavericks outshot and outlasted the Utah Jazz in a 124-111 win Monday night at Vivint Arena.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Mitchell Scores 35 To Power Jazz Past Nuggets