Donovan Mitchell scored 23 factors to guide the host Cleveland Cavaliers to a 122-99 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday evening in his first recreation towards his former crew.
Hours after being named Jap Convention Participant of the Week, Mitchell hit 8 of 12 pictures, together with 4 of 5 from past the arc, in solely 23 minutes. He scored 11 factors and nailed three 3-pointers within the first six minutes to assist the Cavaliers set up management early.
Jarrett Allen added 20 factors and 11 rebounds, whereas Darius Garland contributed 17 factors and eight assists as Cleveland gained its fourth straight recreation. Cedi Osman chipped in 22 factors, and 7 Cavaliers scored a minimum of 12, together with all 5 starters.
Lauri Markkanen led Utah with 24 factors and 6 rebounds in his return to Cleveland, the place he performed one season. The Finnish huge man was a key acquisition for the Jazz — together with three first-round draft picks — in a large commerce for Mitchell, who performed his first 5 NBA seasons in Utah.
Collin Sexton (hamstring), additionally a part of the deal, didn’t see motion, whereas rookie Ochai Agbaji, picked 14th total by Cleveland, noticed time on the finish of the blowout.
The Jazz, who’ve misplaced each of their video games thus far on a three-game Jap journey, performed with out beginning ahead Kelly Olynyk, who was dominated out with an ankle harm.
Markkanen hit three free throws to chop the Cavaliers’ result in 35-28 within the second quarter, however Caris LeVert ignited Cleveland’s 10-0 run with a 3-pointer and an help for an Evan Mobley dunk.
The best way Donovan Mitchell crawls by means of webs of defenders is particular.
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Mitchell began the scoring off with a bucket after which adopted a Jordan Clarkson 3-pointer with a trey of his personal to present the Cavaliers the lead at 5-3. Clarkson ended with 23 factors.
Mitchell scored 11 of Cleveland’s first 19 factors, together with three treys, and spearheaded a 7-0 run that gave the Cavs a fast nine-point lead.
Utah opened the second half by scoring eight straight to make it a 10-point recreation, however the spurt ended after Isaac Okoro and Mitchell drained back-to-back 3-pointers.
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