Video: Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell makes Nerlens Noel slide with epic crossover
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell made Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel dance on Monday night. The super sophomore took Noel out of the picture with a killer step-back and knocked down a three-pointer to put the cherry on top of the ice cream.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 12, 2019
Come on, Donovan, don’t do him like that!
Nevertheless, Noel and the Thunder still got the last laugh on this one as they pulled away with the 98-89 road victory over the Jazz.
The bucket brought the Jazz to within 10 points, as they tried to come back from a 17-point deficit early in the fourth quarter. Utah came to as close as six, but the Thunder staved off every rally they had in them.
Mitchell scored a team-high 25 points on the night. However, he shot just 8-of-22 from the field and 3-of-8 from deep and added four rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
The win gave Oklahoma City some retribution as they completed the season series sweep of their tormentors from last year’s postseason.
Thunder star Paul George struggled throughout the night. He shot just 2-of-8 from the field but still scored 14 points off of 10-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe.
Despite their leading scorer’s struggles, Oklahoma City got a huge boost off the bench from Dennis Schroder, who led the team with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He added two three-pointers, seven rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes. Russell Westbrook, who got into another altercation with some Jazz fans, contributed 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.
The win placed the Thunder temporarily at fourth place in the Western Conference Standings, just a half-game above the fifth-place Portland Trail Blazers, whom they defeated in an overtime thriller on Friday. Utah, on the other hand, now sits at eighth, but is still four games above the ninth place Sacramento Kings.