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