Mitchell came within one rebound of a triple-double with 27 points, 11 assists, and nine boards as the Jazz won for the 15th time in 16 games, beating the Indiana Pacers 103-95 Sunday.
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The Jazz improved their NBA-best record to 19-5 despite missing Mike Conley, who was scratched with a hamstring injury. Mitchell ensured a fast start with 11 first-quarter points.
“From the beginning, I just wanted to establish the mentality that we were going to push through,” Mitchell said. “There were times we were tired, but we had to do it collectively.”
When he wasn’t driving past defenders, he was pulling up for uncontested jumpers. When covered, he didn’t hesitate to distribute the ball to teammates.
“Those shots are more open when you attack the rim,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said
Former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic was rewarded for driving to the rim as he broke an 83-all tie with a three-point play midway through the fourth quarter. On subsequent possessions, Mitchell fed Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles for 3-pointers.
The Jazz made up for misses by hitting the boards with a 69-54 advantage that included 17 offensive rebounds.
In the final two minutes, Mitchell banked home a runner and sank a pair of foul shots for a 100-91 lead. During a late timeout, teammates advised him he needed one rebound for a triple-double.
“I’m not the type of person to go and chase it,” Mitchell said. “I’m just trying to find ways to impact the game.”
“They have such a great team, they make you pay for any little mistake,” said Pacers reserve Doug McDermott, who scored 18 points.
“We played pretty good defense,” McDermott said, “but we just weren’t able to score baskets when we needed to.”