Mitchell, Jazz Fan Combine To Force Denver Turnover In Fourth Quarter

Jan 24, 2019, 3:37 PM
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) celebrate with fans as t...
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) celebrate with fans 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 Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, with the help of a fan, made life difficult for Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton.

With 1:14 remaining in the game with the Jazz up on the Nuggets 113-107, Mitchell was set to guard Barton on an inbounds pass. Before the play began, Mitchell made a nearby Jazz fan the team’s sixth man.

“I told him, I had asked him just yell in his ears,” said Mitchell when recounting the moment after the game. “That’s what I kept saying, just yell at him.”

The plan worked as the fan, clad in a black hat and sweater gave Barton the business as Mitchell denied an inbounds pass. The result was a rare five-second violation and a Denver turnover, giving the Jazz the ball back at a critical juncture in the game.

After the referee blew the whistle and called the violation, Mitchell congratulated the fan and honorary teammate of sorts with a high-five.

“If you watch, they were really after it, that’s why I gave him a high-five, because he was in his ear from the beginning. I appreciate the crowd’s aggressiveness, I guess you could say,” said Mitchell.

The Jazz went on to win a critical Western Conference matchup, 114-108.

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Mitchell, Jazz Fan Combine To Force Denver Turnover In Fourth Quarter