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3 keys in the Utah Jazz’s 135-125 overtime loss to Denver Nuggets in Game 1

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Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, right, goes up for a shot against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The underdog and shorthanded Utah Jazz almost stole Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets on Monday but ultimately fell short in overtime, losing 135-125.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • The Jazz were tremendous offensively for most of the game — led by a Jazz franchise playoff high 57 points from Donovan Mitchell, but fell apart in overtime.

  • As marvelous as Mitchell was, he committed a key turnover inside of two minutes to play in regulation. With Utah up 115-111, Mitchell failed to get the ball across halfcourt within eight seconds, and Denver’s Jamal Murray hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to cut the deficit to one.
  • Murray led the Nuggets with 36 points, including 10 in overtime.
Up next:

Game 2: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. MDT, TNT