Video: Donovan Mitchell blocks Russell Westbrook, goes on to score two points
It is no secret that Utah Jazz rookie shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is already one of the league’s most exciting offensive players. However, his defense tends to raise some eyebrows as well.
During the third quarter of Utah’s 115-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 on Saturday night, Mitchell had a huge block on a driving shot attempt by OKC star point guard Russell Westbrook and managed to score two points at the other end via a goaltending call.
A video of the block by Mitchell, which was uploaded to Twitter by the official Jazz account, can be viewed below it all of its glory.
The University of Louisville product continues to play absolutely outstanding basketball this season for the Jazz, as the LiveFeedLouisville posted an epic photo of Mitchell’s block on Westbrook.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT 📸
Note: Donovan Mitchell is a rookie. pic.twitter.com/nNVDPVAq6b
— LiveFeedLouisville™ (@LiveFeedLville) April 22, 2018
The Jazz began to pull away from the Thunder in the second half as Utah led Oklahoma City by 14 at the end of the third quarter.
Although Mitchell finished the night with 22 points and 11 rebounds, he was not the star of the game for the Jazz. That honor belonged to none other than Utah point guard Ricky Rubio, whose triple-double effort could not be stopped by the Thunder as he went off for a game-high 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals in 37 minutes of action.
With the victory in Game 3, Utah now has a 2-1 series lead over the Thunder with an upcoming Game 4 matchup on Monday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.