As the season calendar comes out, all the players mark the dates of matches that will be important in red on the calendar. days in which he must send a message or in which he is only winnable. Service Donovan Mitchell today was the day because The Cleveland Cavaliers were visiting Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz. Home of the stars, now in caves, where he spent five of his six seasons In the league they received him in a duel with emotion to the end, amidst cheers and boos (as usual).
The party had it all. A leading Mitchell, several comebacks, a tight finish and an unexpected result. The Cavs did everything in their power to win, but ended up losing Utah Jazz 116 to 114, hero? An old acquaintance in Salt Lake City: Jordan Clarkson. With 32 points, 15 of them in the fourth quarter, the scorer avoided defeat for Utah, undermining a stellar performance from the former hometown idol.
Donovan Mitchell was well aware of the importance of the match and did not miss the opportunity. Throughout the game he was at the best level imaginable, doing what he does best, scoring. The Cavaliers’ figure was the pivot of the game another night, ending with 46 points (51.9%) on 14 of 27 attempts and adding 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
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Spida’s performance had historical relevance for a variety of reasons.
On the one hand, it was the first time since November 2017 that a member of the Cavaliers averaged more than 45 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, taking over from LeBron James, and also the only one to do so. beyond myth
On the other hand, with his 46 points, Mitchell added his 9th game with more than 35 points, being the first in franchise history not to have LeBron named so many games in a single course. To add some context, James owns the Top 9 record, which includes a record 31 nights in a single season.
In addition, according to ESPN His scoring today is the second most by a player in a return to his former team’s stadium, trailing only John Williamson’s 50 against the Pacers in 1978.
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Cavs’ new star yearns for a win in Salt Lake City And it showed in the match, especially in the final round. Donovan Mitchell accounted for 58.3% of the team’s offensive usage during the shutout, and no one scored except for Darius Garland and Lamar Stevens (both with 2 points). His clutch work was impeccable except for one error on an outside shot (1 of 5) and a shot with less than 40 seconds to go.
It was a night of reunions and pending accounts where the people of Utah came out victorious.
A loss that drops the Cavs to fifth place in the East with a 26–16 balance, while the Salt Lake City men break their negative streak, though they are still out of the play-ins