Mitchell has late burst, Jazz hold off Thunder 110-104
Mitchell had a rough shooting night before the final surge, hitting just four of his first 14 shots. He finished with 13 points.
''It's what I do,'' Mitchell said. ''At the end of the day, sometimes you just got to go out there and just get it. My team trusts me, I trust myself, I put the work in for those moments and never let the moment get too big. I missed the game winner the other night, so you got to respond.''
Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench to lead Utah. Mike Conley added 18 points, and Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Lu Dort led the Thunder with 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Josh Giddey had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Clarkson hit back-to-back shots after the Thunder took their last lead of the night at 94-93 midway through the final period. Gobert followed with a steal and slam and it looked as if Utah had some breathing room.
But the young Thunder rallied.
Giddey hit a 3-pointer with 2:26 remaining to tie at 101.
Conley put the Jazz back in front for good with a short jumper, and Mitchell took over from that point. He put back his own miss under the basket, hit two free throws on the next trip downcourt and then finished the run with a jumper that gave the Jazz their final margin. When Dort was called for an offensive foul with :40 seconds left, Oklahoma City challenged and lost, effectively ending the Thunder's c
Despite the battle the Jazz faced from the young Thunder squad, Mitchell thought his team did some things that will help them as the season continues.
''It was a good game. I don't think the score reflected the way we played as a group,'' Mitchell said.
''We had some breakdowns, but we had a lot of good things that we can look back on and be proud of. They hit some shots but to close out the way we did is what we wanted.''
Jazz : Hassan Whiteside picked up two quick technicals and was tossed from the game during a timeout late in the first quarter. He played just three minutes before the ejection. It was his second of the season.
Thunder: Coach Mark Daigneault was back after missing three games for the birth of his first child. He and wife Ashley welcomed Alex John (AJ) on Monday. ... With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out for the third straight game, Daigneault gave rookie Aaron Wiggins his first career start. At 22 years and 8 months, he was actually the oldest player in the Thunder starting lineup, which contained three rookies.
Jazz: Host New Orleans on Friday night.
Thunder: Host Washington on Friday night.
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