Sunday’s All-Star Game brought a lot of big moments to NBA fans.
For example, it gave Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder their first chances in the big game, while other players like LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, and more returned.
It was also a huge night for Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Donovan Mitchell tonight:
Balled out in Utah. pic.twitter.com/h6FlqQsPzU
— NBA Muse (@NBAMuse24) February 20, 2023
Mitchell scored 40 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals for the winning Team Giannis.
He also sank eight three-pointers, behind only Jayson Tatum, who had 10.
The crowd was very generous and supportive of Mitchell, which is surprising considering the game was held in Utah.
As we all know, Mitchell used to play for the Jazz before being traded to the Cavaliers in the summer.
Some people expected a lukewarm reception from the Salt Lake City crowd who was disappointed when he left.
But they have always known how talented Mitchell is and those talents were on display again on Sunday.
Mitchell was sensational for the Jazz during his five seasons with them but he has gotten even better since moving to Ohio.
This season, Mitchell is putting up 27.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
As he was in Utah, Mitchell is the most important player for the Cavaliers.
And those Cavaliers are doing better than they have in years, partly because of what Mitchell has accomplished.
The loss of Mitchell has impacted the Jazz, who are currently the 11th team in the West.
Despite that, it looks like fans of that team still hold a special place in their hearts for Mitchell.NEXT: Cavs Announce How They Will Honor Kevin Love In The Future