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Utah Jazz’s Game 7 loss stings, but their mistakes throughout the series sting even more

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — When the final buzzer sounded, as Mike Conley’s left-wing 3-point attempt sailed through the air, a shot that would have given the Utah Jazz a Game 7 win, Donovan Mitchell stood on the right side of the arc with his hands in the air. When Conley’s shot rimmed out, Mitchell collapsed.

“We were this close,” Mitchell said after the game, with tears in his eyes. “We were down and came back and fought and fought and clawed, and to be that close, that hurts. I didn’t know what else to do. I was exhausted. I just kind of laid there.