Donovan Mitchell did nearly everything he could to lead the Utah Jazz to a win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Mitchell had a huge game, but unfortunately for Utah, it wasn’t quite enough, as the Rockets picked up a 104-101 victory and now boast a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
His game-high 34 points — along with six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block — were impressive, but he needed 37 if the Jazz were going to have a shot at winning in overtime. Instead, Mitchell got and missed a tremendous look, missed, and P.J. Tucker sealed the win for Houston at the free throw line.
It was about as good of a look as Mitchell could have gotten in that situation. On a night where he was excellent, Mitchell got the opportunity to play hero but came up just short.
After it was over, Jazz veteran Kyle Korver felt he needed to say something about Mitchell’s impact on the Jazz. According to Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune, Korver’s media scrum at his locker ended. At that point, he asked if he could say one more thing, then gave a lengthy speech about how impressed he is by what Mitchell means to his team at such a young age.
“I have never been around a young player like Donovan Mitchell,” Korver said. “I have never seen someone so young take ownership of a team, take ownership of his play, do it with charisma, do it with class. I’ve never seen that in my 16 years in the NBA.”