Donovan Mitchell throws down the most vicious dunk of the playoffs so far as Jazz even series with Rockets

NBA on TNTDonovan Mitchell made his presence known in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night to help the Jazz even their playoff series with the Houston Rockets — including a dunk so monstrous that even the reporters covering the game lost their minds.
  • The Utah Jazz beat the Rockets 116-108 on Wednesday night to even the series 1-1 and steal home court advantage from Houston.
  • Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell left the game with the highlight of the night, slamming home a vicious one-handed put-back dunk over two Rockets defenders.
  • The dunk was so impressive, reporters and press couldn’t help but react in awe of Mitchell.

Donovan Mitchell has been one of the breakout stars of the NBA this season.

The Rookie of the Year candidate for the Utah Jazz has made headlines with his dazzling dunks and incredible ball skills, leading the Jazz through a challenging year all the way to the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

On Wednesday night, Mitchell added another incredible highlight to his already unforgettable year, posterizing two Rockets defenders with what was easily the most vicious dunk of the postseason thus far.

In the fourth quarter with Houston clawing its way back from a deficit, Mitchell moved towards the basket and attempted a short floater. It hit off the rim, but with no one boxing him out, Mitchell jumped up on his own and slammed the ball home himself with one hand, sending the commentators into hysterics.

You can see for yourself below – watching with the sound on is highly recommended.

The dunk was so impressive that the reporters covering the game, who normally remain stoic in their objectivity, couldn’t help but react in awe of Mitchell’s ascension.

Across Twitter, basketball fans and reporters alike shared similar sentiments to the reporters who couldn’t believe what they had just seen.

Utah would hold on to win the game 116-108. After the game, Mitchell would downplay just how impressive the dunk was, saying he was simply trying to make a play on the ball.

“To be honest with you, I was just trying to shoot a floater and grab a rebound, but I just happened to be up there,” Mitchell said. “So I figured, why not come down with it?”

Mitchell did conceded though, that it was nice to finally show off his dunks to a national audience.

“That was my first one really on [national] TV,” Mitchell said. “I had a few like that, but that was pretty cool in the playoffs to be able to do that.”

The series now heads off to Salt Lake City knotted at 1-1, with Game 3 scheduled to tip off on Friday.

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