Cavs’ Donovan Mitchell has 46 in Utah return, but Jazz rally


SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell had 46 points in his return to Utah, but the Jazz rallied late behind Jordan Clarkson to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-114 on Tuesday night.

Clarkson scored 32 points, including five 3-pointers, and poured in nine straight down the stretch to fuel a decisive 13-0 run.

Lauri Markkanen had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz. Malik Beasley, Mike Conley and Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 13 apiece as Utah won for just the second time in nine games.

Mitchell, who spent his first five seasons with Utah, also had six assists and three steals. Darius Garland added 21 points and six assists for Cleveland. Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert chipped in 12 points apiece.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Mitchell is the seventh player in NBA history with 40 or more points in his first road game against a former team. Of those seven players, he is just the second to lose; the other was Nick Van Exel in his first game back in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Tuesday marked Mitchell’s fifth 40-point game of the season, already a career-high.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source : ESPN