Donovan Mitchell came alive Monday night just in time to prolong the Utah Jazz's season in a 107-91 Game 4 win. Without his 19-point fourth quarter, they do not roll over the Houston Rockets 31-12 in those 12 minutes. They do not stave off a first-round sweep.
They do not see a Game 5.
Donovan Mitchell took over the 4Q and outscored the Rockets, 19-12 to avoid a series sweep pic.twitter.com/GXoVxvtzS2— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 23, 2019
And yet, Mitchell's fourth-quarter detonation isn't merely significant because Utah won. It matters because he busted out of a series-long rut, and because the Jazz were in the game at all, and because, most importantly, he had help.
That is the prevailing lesson from this win. The Jazz offered a brief glimpse into what they can do when Mitchell doesn't need to go at it alone from start to finish against a switching defense.