Donovan Mitchell scored 26 of his 30 points in the first half and the Utah Jazz advanced to the second round of the playoffs, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 126-110 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
SALT LAKE CITY – Donovan Mitchell scored 26 of his 30 points in the first half as the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-110 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Mitchell also made 10 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes, taking a short rest before facing the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Dallas Mavericks matchup.
Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 to help the top-seeded Jazz to their fourth straight victory.
Despite a stellar performance in the fourth quarter, the Jazz posted a 53 per cent lead.
The Memphis Big Three all played offensively effectively, but with little help from the supporting cast. Ja Morant finished his record-setting first playoff series with 27 points and 11 assists. Dillon Brooks also had 27 points and Jonas Valencianus added 18 points.
Mitchell capped Utah’s big first half with two 26-foot jumps to make it 75-51 and get 13,000 fans to their feet.
The Jazz overtook the Grizzlies’ slow turns and scored on the property 16 for 19 to start the game, highlighted by shooting 8 for 10 from 3-point range. Mitchell scored 14 points in six minutes and the Jazz led 47-27 at the end of the first quarter – two more than the previous team postseason record for any quarter of 45 set in 1991.
Clarkson’s 3-pointer in the middle of the third quarter gave the Jazz their biggest lead at 91-56.
The Jazz has played an entire season with the bitter taste of making Denver a 3-1 lead in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
He didn’t even give Memphis a chance to repeat history in this elimination game and led a wire-line lead when he reached the second round for the first time since 2018.
After being subjected to fan abuse in Grizzlies: Game 2, members of Morant’s family were given courtside seats by Utah owner Ryan Smith. … Memphis scored more points in the paint than Utah in the first four games but were outscored 60–52. … The Grizzlies have a lower turnover than the Jazz in all five sports.
Jazz: Mike Connelly left with 8:58 in the second quarter due to pain in the right hamstring and didn’t return. … The Jazz matched the franchise playoff record with nine 3s in the first quarter. … there was a moment of silence before the game in honor of former jazz center Mark Eaton. He passed away last week at the age of 64.