“I want this!” Mitchell screamed three times, also swearing, as he put in a 25-footer and stared at the Denver bench in playoff between Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets.
“That shot was a symbol of just what — not myself, but just as a team, what we wanted,” Mitchell said. “And we worked hard to get to this point. But the job’s not finished. And as good as this one feels, we won by two, and we’re on to Game 5.”
Donovan Mitchell recorded a historic 51 points this morning, putting him in the record books in company of just other two players, Micheal Jordan and Allen Iverson, two NBA greats.
The record comes at a great time, as Jazz appear to be gaining momentum in the NBA playoffs.
Mitchell became only the third player to score 50 points twice in the same series, once again alongside Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson, with the addition of Wilt Chamberlain. He’s also the fourth player to score 50 points twice in an entire playoff run.
Jamal Murray for Denver also reached a landmark of scoring 50 points, making it the first time in playoff history that two opposing players each scored 50 points in a postseason game and the sixth time in NBA history.
With this performance from Mitchel, he’s lived up to the hype that has seen him being compared to Dwayne Wade, which has sometimes warranted unnecessary criticism. The Jazz look like they have what to take to maybe get to the Western Conference finals, and with Donovan Mitchell, this could become a reality.