The Utah Jazz defeated the Denver Nuggets 114-108 in an intense, emotional game. Here are three takeaways from the game:
Donovan Mitchell catches fire
Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 35 points and, for stretches, completely dominated the game. In the closing minutes of the second quarter, the sophomore showed off his 3-point range, making four 3-pointers in the last 4:12 of the first half to help the Jazz build a 65-58 halftime advantage.
Mitchell also took over the fourth quarter, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd on this sweet move for a layup.
Jazz lock down defensively in crunch time3 comments on this story
The Jazz sealed the win with their key characteristic — defense. With the Nuggets coming out of a timeout with a minute left, down six, Utah forced a five-second violation to take a possession away from Denver. On the next Nuggets possession, Mitchell came up huge in crunch time, blocking Torrey Craig's layup with 43 seconds remaining, then driving to the rim, getting fouled and making a free throw to seal the game.
The Nuggets did not make a field goal for the final 1:26 in the game.
Favors, Plumlee get ejected after scuffle
A pivotal moment in the game came late in the first quarter, when Derrick Favors and Mason Plumlee got into an altercation, leading to the ejection of both players. Plumlee said some words to Favors, then Favors shoved him, leading to both teams getting involved. Royce O'Neale and Will Barton were also assessed technical fouls.