Donovan Mitchell scored 41, but Jazz fell to Phoenix in overtime

With more than a month left until the start of the NBA playoffs, the Utah Jazz got their first taste of the offseason on Wednesday.

The national television battle between Jazz no. 1 and Phoenix Sunsa no. 2 was a physical and exciting, overtime battle in which two young All-Star league guards, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker, combined for 76 points.

“It was a playoff playoff,” Mitchell said.

But after falling 117-113 in overtime, Mitchell and Jazz know they still have work to do before the real battle begins next month.

“Competition is what allows you to be better,” said jazz head coach Quin Snyder. “We will definitely look at this and pick up some big pictures as well as some smaller things. It’s good to be in games like this. You would obviously hope it turned out differently. But those are the kinds of games you want to be in. You want to feel what it’s like to be in them. You want to figure out how to win them. ”

Jazz may point to several factors that hurt them Wednesday in Phoenix:

• The night she fired, she saw the Jazz only go 11-for-44 off the arc.

“Once again, we played a solid defense, but it’s hard to win a game, especially away, when you shoot 30 percent with 3,” said Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 20 points in the defeat. “Such a great game. I mean, the playoff type mentality. But it’s hard to win when you shoot like that. “

• Jumps and chances for a second chance hurt Jazz down the line. The Suns grabbed 16 offensive rebounds (Jazz had 7) and scored Jazz 18-9 on second chance points.

Jazz struggled early in Phoenix, trailing by as much as 13 and scoring 40 season points in the first half.

“We didn’t come out as aggressive as we should have – not just with the ball, but with running and space and we didn’t attack,” Snyder said. “Our dictations are in the offensive area. I thought as the game progressed, we started to space apart and really attack pick and roll and we opened some things up for ourselves. But they are a good defensive team and we were not called in as much as we needed to attack them. “

In the fourth quarter, Mitchell scored 13 of his 41 points, a high 41 game – including a three-pointer to equalize the game with 10 seconds for regulation. The jazz keeper then accepted the challenge of Booker’s defense on the final kick of the quarter, forcing a miss and a chance to win in overtime.

“We reacted the right way,” Mitchell said, “but we didn’t do it throughout the game.”

In overtime, Booker and Chris Paul combined for 12 points to bring Phoenix the win, moving the Suns within 1.5 games of first-placed Jazz (38-13) in the standings.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert had 16 points, 18 rebounds and three steals last night. Guards Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson scored 11 each.

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Jazz is now facing a quick turnaround, traveling back to Utah for a game against Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers on Thursday. “We can’t dwell too much on this loss,” Mitchell said. “We have to get out there and play against a really good team, a hungry team, and we have to balance their energy.”