Jazz star Donovan Mitchell matches long-standing Karl Malone record
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell continues to etch his name in franchise history by becoming the first Jazz player with three consecutive 35-point games since Karl Malone in 1993. The two are joined by Adrian Dantley and Pete Maravich as the only Jazz players to achieve the feat in team history, per ESPN Stats and Info.
It all started when Mitchell had a dismal performance against the Dallas Mavericks on April 5. He was limited to 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a 111-103 loss, and he clearly was motivated by the poor showing.
Two nights later, the two-time All-Star ramped up his efforts as he notched 41 points and eight rebounds. However, it wasn’t enough as the Jazz still suffered a narrow 117-113 defeat against the second-seeded Western Conference team in the Phoenix Suns. Mitchell continued his scoring outburst with 37 points, five rebounds, and four assists for his team as they clobbered the Portland Trail Blazers in a 122-103 win on Thursday. Then on Saturday night, Mitchell starred anew as he led his Jazz team to a 128-112 victory against the Sacramento Kings by way of his 42-point explosion.
With Mitchell leading the charge, Utah earned its 40th win of the season to stay atop the Western Conference. In their coming games, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and the team will need their star to be at his best as they aim to sustain their winning momentum heading to the latter stages of the 2020-21 season and into the playoffs.