by Elmer Mejia | The NBA playoffs officially kicked off today and the Utah Jazz had the honor on starting things off against the Nuggets. Both teams were equally matched and showcased an amazing game. The Jazz played this game without Mike Conley as he left the bubble for the birth of his newborn child.
The game started off well for both teams. The Nuggets were draining threes and made 7 out of 14. Jokic was the Nuggets’ leading threat as he had ten points in the first quarter. The Jazz stayed in the game with the help of Gobert and Ingles, and Jordan Clarkson contributed five quick points from the bench.
Both teams performed well in the second quarter. Donovan Mitchell woke up and was on fire. He knew he had to do something and took control for the Jazz. The Nuggets were ahead 59-52.
In the third quarter, the Nuggets didn’t have an answer for Mitchell. The Jazz went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 59. The Jazz went into another run this time a 12-0. Gobert was doing his usual work both on offense and defense. Ingles played smart and added 16 points. Mitchel ended the quarter with 29 points, five rebounds and five assists.
In the last quarter, the level of the play elevated. Both teams didn’t want to lose and kept scoring. Mitchell and Murray went back and forth. It was amazing to watch these two young players going at it. One scored, the other one answered back. Mitchell was unstoppable and ended with 51 points in the end of regulation. He then went on to score six more in overtime for a total of 57 points. He is the youngest player to score 50+ points in a playoff game since Michael Jordan scored 63 in a playoff game against the Celtics.
The Jazz and Nuggets were deadlocked at 115-115 and went to OT. Overtime was the Nuggets’ game and they came out on top, finishing 135-125.
Game two of the series will be on Wednesday at 2 pm MST on TNT.
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