Donovan Mitchell helps Utah break 36-year-old playoff record

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz, Rudy Gobert


Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz bounced back mightily in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, even making franchise history in the process.

With Mitchell missing Game 1 after the team’s medical staff ruled him not to be 100 percent from his ankle injury, the top-seeded Jazz lost to the Grizzlies at home. However, as the All-Star guard made his long-awaited return, Utah unleashed their full potential on their way to a 141-129 victory.
Now, according to ESPN Stats & Info, the 141 points the Jazz scored is the most in team history in a playoff game. It broke their previous record of 131 points in 1985.

The Jazz score 141 points in their Game 2 win over the Grizzlies, setting a new franchise record for most points in a playoff game.
Their previous record was 131 points in 1985 against the Nuggets.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 27, 2021

Of course, Donovan Mitchell was a huge factor in that, scoring 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field. Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley also stepped up big time, putting up 21 and 20 points, respectively.
The Jazz scoring 140-plus points shouldn’t be surprising, though. During the 2020-21 regular season, they finished fourth in the league in offensive rating behind the scoring of Mitchell, Conley, Jordan Clarkson and the team’s other role players.
Utah is a Top 5 team on both offense and defense, which is why many consider them as legitimate threats to other top dogs in the West. Their performance on Wednesday also sends a strong message to the rest of the playoff field that they won’t easily back down.
The Jazz-Grizzlies series is now tied at 1-1, and with the way both teams are playing, it could very well be an exciting playoffs showdown that could go the distance.

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