In the series opener, Donovan Mitchell put up 57 on a Denver team that still got the win anyway.
Mitchell wasn’t done — and this time he wanted to make sure his team got the win. Mitchell joined some elite company Sunday with a 51-point performance — and the Jazz needed all those points to hold off a Denver team playing with desperation. Utah won 129-127 and now have a commanding 3-1 series lead.
The list of players with two 50+ point games in the same playoff series:
• Michael Jordan
• Allen Iverson
• Donovan Mitchell
That’s some rarified air. Mitchell has had to take on more of a scoring load with Bojan Bogdanovic out of the bubble (due to wrist surgery), but faced with a porous Nuggets defense (worst of all the teams in the seeding games) he is getting anything he wants. Sunday he was playing downhill, shooting 8-of-12 in the paint, plus he got to the line 18 times.
Jamal Murray was just a step behind him. Murray scored 50 for the Nuggets, his second strong game in a row.
Even with all the points Murray and the Nuggets score, if they can’t get a couple more stops their season will end on Tuesday.