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Mitchell Finishes Alley-Oop With Nasty Dunk During Jazz/Clippers Game

Mar 29, 2022, 8:33 PM | Updated: 8:49 pm

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell finished an alley-oop pass from Trent Forrest with a highlight slam dunk during Utah’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers hosted the Jazz at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday, March 29.

With 3:24 left in the opening quarter, Forrest pushed Utah’s offense on an advantageous fast break. The Florida State product lobbed a pass to a high-flying Mitchell, who jammed Forrest’s pass with a right-handed slam.

Mitchell’s dunk gave the Jazz a 23-11 lead.

At the end of the quarter, Mitchell and the Jazz owned a 32-14 lead.

During the opening 12 minutes of game time, the fifth-year guard from Louisville had six points on 3-6 field goals. He added one rebound, and two assists in nine minutes on the court.

Forrest added two points, two rebounds, and three assists in four minutes.

This season, Mitchell is averaging 25.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Forrest is recording 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per contest.

Jazz vs. Clippers

While Gobert is returning, the Jazz will still be without Danuel House Jr. and Bojan Bogdanovic against the Clippers who are missing their seventh and eighth games respectively.

The Jazz listed all three players as questionable when they released the injury report on Monday, but downgraded Bogdanovic and House Jr. shortly before tip-off.

Without House Jr. and Bogdanovic in the lineup, the Jazz are just 3-4 in their last seven but have lost four consecutive games.

The Jazz will also be without Hassan Whiteside who is missing his third consecutive game with a sprained foot.

“It’d be nice for us to get Bojan and Hassan [back],” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of the Jazz’s long injury list. “Hassan has been a big part of what we’ve done, and House — he’s one of our two top perimeter defenders and has been elite at times.”

The matchup with the Clippers is the final stop on a six-game road trip that began with a win over the New York Knicks but quickly unraveled with losses in Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, and Dallas.

Veteran Greg Monroe signed a 10-day contract with the Jazz on Monday to help bridge the gap at center until Whiteside returns.

The Clippers will also take a step towards fulls strength as All-Star forward Paul George is set to return to the starting lineup.

George has missed the last 43 games with an elbow injury as the Clippers have slipped to the eighth seed in the West and will have to win a play-in game to qualify for the postseason.

The Clippers owned the fifth-best record in the West prior to George’s injury, but have steadily watched themselves fall in the standings in his absence.

LA has lost five consecutive games and eight of their last 10 outings.

Utah’s game against Los Angeles is broadcast on TNT and The Zone Sports Network.

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