The Utah Jazz are rolling.
On Tuesday, the Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans to pick up their sixth straight victory. They are now 10-4 on the season, putting them a hair behind the Los Angeles Lakers (11-4) and LA Clippers (11-4) for the best record in the Western Conference.
It's been a team effort during this recent stretch, but Donovan Mitchell has set the tone. The one-time All-Star is averaging 26.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 47.9 percent from 3-point range over Utah's last six games, in addition to 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 0.7 steals.
While Mitchell's scoring exploits usually get the attention, it was a pass he threw to Bojan Bogdanovic in Utah's win over New Orleans that got everyone talking.
The possession begins with Mitchell bringing the ball up court following a missed shot from Brandon Ingram. He's met at the 3-point line by Rudy Gobert for a pick-and-roll. Rather than using Gobert's screen, however, Mitchell spots a gap and blows by Ingram. He then picks up his dribble just outside of the paint.
With New Orleans centre Jaxson Hayes being glued to Gobert on the perimeter, Eric Bledsoe has to help off of Mike Conley in the weakside corner to prevent Mitchell from getting a layup.
That forces Zion Williamson to make a decision - stick with Bogdanovic at the top of the perimeter or cover for Bledsoe by rotating over to Conley in the corner.
Williamson chooses the latter...
...and Mitchell makes him pay with a pinpoint wraparound pass.
An incredible pass from a special talent.
The Pelicans will get another shot at Mitchell and the red-hot Jazz on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. The game airs on SN One in Canada and TNT in the United States.
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