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Depth and Defense Powers Utah to Season-Opening Victory

It wasn’t the ideal beginning for Donovan Mitchell. But there’s a reason he’s considered one of the best players in the NBA.

Overcoming a slow start, Mitchell ignited the Jazz with 12 points in a big third quarter as Utah opened up the 2021-22 season with a 107-86 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

“I got to give credit to my teammates, first and foremost,” Mitchell said postgame. “It’s me growing and understanding that you don’t have to just go get it every chance you can, just let the game come to you.”

Mitchell finished with 16 points, shooting 6-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc.