SALT LAKE CITY – – Donovan Mitchell wanted to make up for lost time.

Mitchell scored 25 points on his highly anticipated comeback from a sprained ankle and the Utah Jazz broke Ja Morant’s franchise record to 47 points in a 141-129 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. , tying the first-round playoff series in one game. a piece.

“I’ve never been in this position before, so it’s uncharted territory. I had to find a way to relax. It’s easy to go out there and try to hit a home run to start the game, but the game doesn’t win in the first five minutes, ”said Mitchell.

Mitchell, who was limited to 26 minutes, made five 3-pointers. Rudy Gobert collected 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Jazz.

Mike Conley had 20 points and a career-high 15 assists, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points to help the Jazz tie the series.

Carried by Mitchell, the Jazz led up to 22 points in the first half, but Morant and the Grizzlies roared in the third quarter. Utah didn’t ask Mitchell to win the game himself, but the Jazz needed his presence to withstand the Memphis races.

“Mike was 20 and 15 Rudy at 21 and 13 – we did a lot of really good things which made my job easier. I didn’t have to go in and do everything. I was able to just find my spots and attack and just do what I’m doing, ”Mitchell said.

Morant broke Conley’s Memphis playoff points record and became the first player to score up to 71 points in his first two career games since the NBL merged with the BAA to create the NBA before the 1949-50 season.

“I just have to be aggressive at all times. I put pressure on myself to get back into the game. I was able to get to my seats on the ground and shoot, ”said Morant.

Two Gobert’s pick-and-roll dunks propelled a 10-0 run that filled the third and fourth quarters and gave the Jazz a 110-97 lead after a three-point game from Mitchell.

Dillon Brooks, who scored 23 points, landed a dunk that put the Grizzlies at 121-112 with 7:06 left to play, but Memphis couldn’t stop Utah’s multi-faceted attack, which scored at least 36 points in three of the four periods.

Mitchell was ready to play on Sunday, but Jazz medics struck him out of the lineup hours before the game, frustrating the Utah star who missed 17 games with a sprained ankle.

Mitchell’s anger was simmering as he watched the Jazz abandon Game 1 to a motivated Memphis team. He eventually met his teammates and made sure they knew it wasn’t his decision to sit down and he wanted to be on the pitch.

On Monday, Mitchell proclaimed he was playing in Game 2 no matter what, and the team agreed. He tried to make up for lost time, scoring 12 points with three 3s in his first eight minutes.

“Whenever you’ve been out for a long time. I think there is a tendency to try to really put an imprint on the game and I thought he was really letting the game come to him. He was patient… and as the game went on you saw him attack the basket more, but he really played with himself, ”said Utah coach Quin Snyder.

As he did in Game 1, Brooks gave the Grizzlies a big boost once he was relieved of foul issues. He and Morant came down the hall time and time again as Memphis scored 17 of 20 field goals to start the third quarter, slashing the lead to 93-91 over Melton’s 3-pointers.

The Grizzlies scored 43 points in the third – a franchise record – with 67% shots, led by Morant’s 13 during the period.

“Our guys are energized every day. They love to compete. They knew it would be a tough game to win. The Jazz came out and played really well early on, but you can see the resilience and their hearts, ”Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said, referring to his team’s return.

The Jazz were aggressive in the first half, tossing the ball to the basket or backing up for 3 seconds. Utah shot 10 for 19 from long range and made 18 of 25 free throws to take a 74-54 lead at halftime.

Jordan Clarkson received the sixth pre-game man of the year award and finished with 16 points.

Jonas Valanciunas got his second foul at 3:13 of the game, and Brooks got his second a few minutes later on a four-point play from Mitchell.

At first, the Jazz extended their defense beyond the 3-point line and often had an extra defender trap or a run to Morant before he could jump in. But Morant found a way to score 20 points in the first half, but didn’t receive much help from the rest of the Grizzlies until their explosion in the third quarter.


Ja Morant now ranks second behind George Mikan for most points in the first two games of the career playoffs. Mikan was 75 in 1949. He also became the second youngest player (21, 289 days) to score more than 45 points in a playoff game, behind LeBron James (45 points on May 3, 2006, at 21, 124 days ).

“It’s an honor to be able to do that. I am fortunate to be in the position I am in and to be able to play the game at the highest level. But it’s not in my mind at all. We’ve lost. Obviously, it was not enough, ”said Morant.


Grizzlies: Brooks, the league’s regular-season fouls leader, notched his third 9:10 before halftime, after an unsuccessful challenge from the coach. … Valanciunas committed a technical foul with 9:42 remaining after hitting Gobert in the face after making a layup.

Jazz: After Clarkson missed all eight 3s in Game 1, he made his first attempt beyond the arc. … Georges Niang got a Flagrant 1 while trying to stop Morant during a quick break in the fourth quarter.