Mitchell's game-high 28 points leads Utah to victory in OKC.
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell put himself in elite company last night in Oklahoma City, as he eclipsed Michael Jordan's record for most points scored by a guard in his first two NBA Playoff games. With a game-high 28 points in Utah's 102-95 victory, Mitchell has now scored 55 in his first two games, which is two more than MJ had in 1985.
"There was just a point where I stopped being aggressive," Mitchell said, according to ESPN. "Big thing with Rudy [Gobert], he let me know -- I went 0-for-7 from 3, I'm letting guys off the hook. I need to keep applying pressure, getting to the rim. Even if I miss, as you saw on the boards, they were right there crashing and getting rebounds.
"Just being aggressive, getting to the rim, getting to the free throw line. I didn't have a free throw until the second half, so 'just continue to be aggressive' was my mindset."
The 20-year old rookie sensation entered the game questionable with left foot soreness, but that didn't prevent him from responding to the Thunder's 19-0 run in the third quarter. Mitchell responded by scoring 12 points during Utah's 14-3 run and he took over down the stretch as the Jazz evened up the series at 1-1.
The series, which is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining of the first round, now shifts to Salt Lake City for Games 3 & 4. Mitchell and the Jazz will host OKC on Saturday night at 10:00pm ET.