NBA wrap: Hawks hold off Jazz despite Donovan Mitchell's game-high 34 points

In the final moments versus the Hawks, Mitchell missed a 22-foot 3-point shot that would have tied the game with 1.8 seconds left.

Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 34 points, but it wasn't enough for his side to get past the Atlanta Hawks.   -  (Getty Images)

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 34 points on Thursday, but he couldn't knock down the shot the Utah Jazz needed most. In the final moments versus the Atlanta Hawks, Mitchell missed a 22-foot 3-point shot that would have tied the game with 1.8 seconds left. Instead, Atlanta spoiled Utah's five-game win streak with a 117-114 win.

Mitchell finished shooting 15 of 32 from the field and 2 of 6 from 3-point range. All of the Jazz's starters were in double figures with Ricky Rubio (17 points) trailing Mitchell.

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The Jazz held an eight-point lead more than halfway through the quarter after this dish from Rubio, but couldn't hold on to its advantage.

But after the back-to-back buckets from Rubio and the ensuing assist, it was the Hawks' turn to get hot.Trae Young led Atlanta's efforts with 23 points. He went 8-for-22 shooting from the field and 1-for-6 from long distance. Young tallied a double-double after also finishing with 11 assists, while Dewayne Dedmon pitched in 18 points.

Studs of the Night

Kemba Walker led the Wizards to a 113-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a game-high 31 points. Walker was 10 of 22 from the field and made just one of his eight 3-point attempts. 

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The Wizards was dinged with a loss against the Nuggets, but Bradley Beal finished with a game-high 25 points in Washington's efforts. On Denver's side, five players led with 15 points each.

Duds of the Night

The Timberwolves' starting five all scored in the double-digits, but they needed some help from their bench, which never came. There was only one player to score 10 or more points in Gorgui Dieng while the rest of the subs struggled. Keita Bates-Diop and Jerryd Bayless scored just two points each.

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Highlights

The Nuggets held off the Wizards for a 113-108 win after entering the fourth quarter tied at 85-85, where Malik Beasley found Mason Plumlee near the rim.

 

Here's another one: Early in the Suns-Pistons contest, Mikal Bridges found Deandre Ayton, who slammed it down for the finish.

 

What's Next?

Thunder (42-30) at Raptors (51-21) — Oklahoma City Thunder is holding on to its eighth seed with a comfortable gap between the Western Conference teams that are still trying to revive their seasons. But the Thunder have lost its stride as of late and will take a four-game losing skid to Toronto when it faces the Raptors on Friday. The No. 2 team in the East has put together back-to-back wins, but will be without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, who will miss his second consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.