Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz, scored an impressive 30 points to help tie up the playoff series, 1-1, against Denver Nuggets.
Utah Jazz won the tip off to get the second game of the first round underway. However, they failed to take any points from the first possession of the game as they ran down the shot clock. On the other hand, Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets, managed to make a successful two-point bucket to give Denver the early lead.
With less than seven minutes left of the first quarter, Utah had managed to gain the lead from Denver. This lead was helped by Joe Ingles’ impressive start, as he secured eight points – four more than his teammate Mitchell – before the teams went off for a timeout called by the Nuggets.
As the quarter drew closer to its conclusion, Denver lacked in their defensive style while Utah managed to make an impressive 10-0 run. However, in the dying seconds the Nuggets were able to claw back some points to be two-points behind Jazz (27-25) at the end of Q1. Despite this, both teams seemed equally matched.
It was a slow start to the second quarter as both teams seemed to miss catch and shoot opportunities. All things considered, Denver managed to catch up to Jazz by the halfway point of the second stint of game two. Due to this, it wasn’t long before the Nuggets regained the lead – by a three point advantage with less than six minutes left of Q2.
Access to the hoop was denied for Denver has they had five chances to score a two-point shot – three at the hands of Nikola Jokic. Unfortunately, for the series-leading side, nothing came to fruition before the Nuggets called a timeout, in the last minutes of Q2.
With only 0.1s before halftime, Rudy Gobert managed to send the ball back down the net after a failed shot from Jazz’s shooting forward, Royce O’Neale, to push Utah over the 60-points mark at half time.
However, the eight turnovers for Denver – in addition to their 45.2% for field goals compared to Utah’s 52.3%, in the first half, hasn’t helped the squad to tighten their grip on the lead they briefly had.
At the end of the first half, Denver trailed by 13 points at the end of the first half (48-61).
In the third quarter, Utah were on fire as they slotted in five consecutive three-point shots while they charged out in front with an impressive scoreline of 81 points to Denver who struggled to keep up with 68 points.
On the other hand, Jokic was the first player to gain a double-double (11 rebounds and 21 points) as we went to a time out with six minutes left of the quarter.
Utah dominated in Q3 as they became centenarians, with a successful three free throws from Donovan Mitchell, and a minute to spare.
When the third quarter came to an end the Nuggets trailed 79-104.
In a game that has had Jazz’s fingerprints all over it, they never slowed down. Despite their impressive lead of 112-86, Utah were still scoring mercilessly in the final quarter.
All the while, Denver looked as if they had admitted defeat and gave up with still over eight minutes to go. In addition, they struggled to improve on their performance as Utah saw out the final seconds of the game.
For the upcoming third game, Denver will want to improve on their defensive plays if they want to see a potential second round in the NBA 2020 playoffs.
Final score: Utah Jazz 124 – Denver Nuggets 105