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Donovan Mitchell has his superstar moment, leading Jazz past Thunder and into Round 2
After the Oklahoma City Thunder authored one of the most stunning comebacks in NBA postseason history to win Game 5 on Wednesday, Donovan Mitchell told an Oklahoma City fan as he exited the court that he would “see y’all next year” — an indication that he and the Utah Jazz planned to take care of their business back at home on Friday, and wouldn’t be making a return trip to Oklahoma for a deciding Game 7. The rookie continued the remarkable start to his postseason career, scoring 38 points to lead the Jazz to a 96-91 win in Game 6 at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday night, finishing off a 4-2 win in the best-of-seven series and eliminating the third-seeded Thunder in six games. After the Jazz lost starting point guard Ricky Rubio to a hamstring injury in the first quarter, and after starting the game ice-cold — Utah was 11-for-34 from the field as a team with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the opening half — Mitchell took over, scoring 22 points in the third quarter alone in an unconscious display of shot-making (he drilled 10 straight at one point) that breathed new life into the Jazz, knocked the Thunder back on their heels, and helped Utah get some separation from Oklahoma City after a tight first half.