The Utah Jazz crushed the New York Knicks 137-116 on Wednesday night in the Big Apple. Here are three takeaways from the game:
Donovan Mitchell dazzles in homecoming
Donovan Mitchell, who was born in Elmsford, New York, returned home to play at one of basketball's most historic venues — Madison Square Garden. In his second visit to the Garden as an NBA player, Mitchell put on a show that his friends and family watching would not forget.
Mitchell scored a game-high 30 points, dished out five assists and grabbed three rebounds and one steal, providing his family with plenty of highlights along the way. Mitchell scored 30 points on 60 percent shooting, playing just 29 minutes.
Mitchell's signature moment came when he hesitated and then threw down a vicious dunk that elicited oohs and aahs from the New York crowd.
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Utah's offense was simply unstoppable on Wednesday night as the Jazz put up 137 points, which ranks 26th for most points in a single game in Jazz history. Utah scored those 137 points with its starters on the bench for the majority of the fourth quarter, so the damage could have been worse. Not a single Jazz starter played more than 29 minutes. The Jazz totalled 38 assists in the victory. Six Utah players scored in double-digits in the blowout.
Neto shines in backup point role
With Dante Exum out, the Jazz will be counting on Raul Neto to slide into the No. 2 point guard role and play some important minutes going forward. On Wednesday, Neto showed that he could do just that, playing 16 minutes and finishing with seven points and six assists.
- Thursday, March 21, at Atlanta (24-46), 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 23, at Chicago (19-52), 6 p.m.
- Monday, March 25, vs. Phoenix (17-55), 7 p.m.