Nuggets survive Mitchell’s 57 point outburst, beat Jazz in OT

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell nearly had Denver singing the blues on Monday as the Jazz guard erupted for 57 points, the third most in NBA playoff history, but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets won 135-125 in overtime thanks to a brilliant performance from Jamal Murray.

Murray finished with 36, but it was his 10 points in overtime that stood out as Denver prevailed in Game 1 of the series, which opened the NBA playoffs as a whole. The Nuggets had a chance to win in regulation by Nikola Jokić’s running hook shot at the buzzer rimmed out.

The Jazz were playing without point guard Mike Conley who left the NBA bubble to travel to Ohio for the birth of his son. In his absence Mitchell torched Denver for a Jazz playoff scoring record on 19-for-33 shooting, including going 13-for-13 from the free-throw line. He also added seven assists

Jokić added 29 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for the Nuggets who outscored the Jazz 20-10 in the extra period. Four other players scored in double figures for Denver, Jerami Grant (19) and Monte Morris (14) did so coming off the bench, while starters Michael Porter Jr. (13) and Torrey Craig (11) did so as well.

Game 2 of the series is Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. (TNT, Altitude, 92.5 FM).

Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule

Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series tied 4-3

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