The Utah Jazz upset Donovan Mitchell’s return to Utah, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-114 on Tuesday night at Vivint Arena.

Mitchell finished the night with 46 points, matching his regular-season career high as a member of Utah Jazz. But, thanks to some late-game heroics from Jordan Clarkson, the Jazz came back, snapping a two-game losing streak.

Here are three keys that contributed to the Jazz’s victory:

  • Jordan Clarkson scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter including scoring seven points in a single possession (hitting a 3-pointer while drawing a flagrant 1 foul, hitting a free throw and then getting fouled on another 3-point attempt and hitting three straight free throws).
  • The Jazz did a great job on the glass on Tuesday, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds and scoring 27 second-chance points to the Cavaliers’ 10. Walker Kessler grabbed six offensive boards to lead the Jazz.
  • Despite not having Kelly Olynyk (left ankle sprain), Collin Sexton (hamstring), Talen Horton-Tucker (right ankle sprain), Leandro Bolmaro (illness) and Udoka Azubuike (health and safety protocols), the Jazz got contributions from across the roster including 13 points off the bench from Nickeil Alexander-Walker and 27 total points from the reserve unit.
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