Donovan Mitchell Scores 21 in 3 Quarters During 47-Point Beat Down On The Wizards
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As an encore to his career-high 41, rookie Donovan Mitchell knocked down 8-of-13 shots (3-6 3PT) and finished with 21 points in just three quarters. The reason why he only played three is because the Jazz (with Rudy Gobert back in the line-up) was beating the Wall-less Wizards 88-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
“They punched us and punched us again and punched us again,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said after the 116-69 loss. “Surprisingly, we didn’t fight back. One of the first times since I’ve been here we didn’t play with fight.
Wizards’ All-Star candidate Bradley Beal only managed 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes of action. He was so off, he put up a donut from three and even missed two of his five free throws.
As for the rookie (the Denver Nuggets drafted and gave away to the Jazz), he’s scored 20+ in four of his last five games, while averaging just 31 minutes a game. At 16.6 points a game, he’s only trailing Kyle Kuzma (16.8) and Ben Simmons (18) on the points per game by a rookie leaderboard. If you go by points per 48 minutes, he has a 1.6 point lead over Kuzma and 3.4 point lead over Simmons.