The Cavs’ Donovan Mitchell made a 46-run home run for Utah, but the Jazz are rallying

Salt Lake City — Donovan Mitchell He had 46 points returning to Utah, but the Jazz fell behind Jordan Clarkson To beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-114 on Tuesday night.

Clarkson scored 32 points, including five three-pointers, and shot nine consecutive points down the stretch to fuel a decisive 13-0 run.

Laurie Markkanen He had 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against his former team. Owner PaisleyAnd Mike Conley And Nickel Alexander Walker She added 13 blocks each as Utah won for only the second time in nine games.

“I thought our guys really went deep, kept the course and stayed focused on the little things,” jazz coach Will Hardy said.

Mitchell, who spent his first five seasons with Utah, also caught six assists, five rebounds and three steals. The three-time All-Star was traded to Cleveland in September for a massive package that included Markkanen.

Utah paid Mitchell a video tribute before tip-off, and Jazz fans gave him a standing ovation during the video and player introductions.

“I was really relieved,” said Mitchell. “It wasn’t weird. It was like playing like I’ve done here for the past five years. The reception has been great, and I appreciate that.”

Mitchell dropped 40 points for the second time in five games. He scored a Cleveland record 71 points on January 2, the most by an NBA player in 17 years, as the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mitchell is the seventh player in NBA history to score 40 or more points in his first road game against a former team. Of these seven players, he is the second player to lose. The other was Nick Van Exel in his first game in Los Angeles against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tuesday was Mitchell’s fifth 40-point game of the season, already a career high.

Darius Garland He added 21 points and six assists for Cleveland. Evan Mobley And Caris Levert chipped at 12 points each.

Cavaliers Center Jarrett Allen I only played seven minutes – all in the first quarter – before going out with an illness. Cleveland forward Isaac Okoro It was limited to 17 minutes for the same reason. Both players felt nauseous during the match.

This put more of a burden on Mitchell to make big runs for the 48 minutes.

“It was Donovan,” Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff said. “He was trying to wrong us.”

Cleveland trailed by 13 points in the second half but finally snapped and erased the deficit midway through the fourth quarter. Mitchell scored three straight baskets to make it 11-0 and give Cleveland a 101-94 lead. Utah missed 13 of their first 14 shots in the fourth, opening the door for the Cavaliers to come back to the front.

But the Jazz pulled ahead 115-107 with 23.1 seconds left in the game after Clarkson scored nine straight points on three possessions. His blast helped Utah beat a quarter as Cleveland blocked five shots and the Jazz totaled only five baskets.

“I was just aggressive in those moments,” Clarkson said. “Throughout the game, I saw what they were doing defensively and I just started getting aggressive in the fourth inning.”

Mitchell kept the Cavaliers offense afloat in the first half while his teammates struggled to find their shot. Scored or assisted on 10 of Cleveland’s 19 baskets before halftime.

When Mitchell calmed down in the third quarter, Utah scored seven consecutive possessions to compete for a double-digit lead. Clarkson made three consecutive baskets and assisted on another for a solid 13-2 lead that put the Jazz ahead 78-65.

“It was that look in his eye, and I was like, Damn, it’s going to be one of those back-and-forth nights,” Mitchell said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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