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Donovan Mitchell Shines Again in Finale of Jazz Summer League

In the finale of the first leg of summer action, the Utah Jazz finished the 2017 Summer League with a bang.

By Emilee White

SALT LAKE CITY—In the finale of the first leg of summer action, the Utah Jazz finished the 2017 Summer League with a bang. Behind rookie Donovan Mitchell and veteran Dante Exum, the Jazz bested the Boston Celtics, 68-65.

The Celtics held a lead over the Jazz until halftime, bringing the first half of the game to a 34-29 margin. Exum led his team in scoring in the first half with seven points, but the Jazz shot just 29.7 percent.

The second half started just as slowly, but the Jazz managed to tie up the score for the first time in in the final quarter, and snatched the lead. Exum continued to keep the lead in points scored and helped his team get a higher scoring average. Boston kept the score tight, but defensive stands by Mitchell and his teammates, mixed with ferocious dunks from veteran Julian Wright and clutch Exum layups kept the Celtics at enough of a distance.

Mitchell (whose highlights can be seen below) iced the game away with a pair of free throws amid “M-V-P” chants echoing in the arena.

The Jazz will head to Las Vegas to play in the NBA Summer League starting Friday, July 7 along with the Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76er’s. For their first game, the Jazz are scheduled to play against the Portland Trails Blazers on Saturday, July 8 and is set to begin at 4 p.m. MT.

Postgame Interviews:
Utah Jazz SL Head Coach Alex Jensen:

Guard Donovan Mitchell:

Video highlights:

 

1st Half: Donovan Mitchell crossover and jumper

 

2nd Half: Mitchell steal and dunk

2nd Half: Julian Wright reverse dunk

 

2nd Half: Mitchell steal, draws foul

 

2nd Half: Mitchell ditches Boston top pick Tatum, finds Wright for dunk

 


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