Los Angeles • Donovan Mitchell is clearly in pain and at less than his best.
Which made his first-quarter performance of Game 6 at Staples Center all the more remarkable.
He drove to the hoop, he put on crossover moves, he fired away from 3 — and he played all but the final 2.3 seconds of the period, scoring 16 points to power the Utah Jazz to a 33-31 lead over the host Clippers.
Mitchell shot 6 of 11 overall, 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Utah as a team was 6 of 9 from deep.
Terance Mann, starting in place of the injured Kawhi Leonard, took advantage of some lax Jazz defense to score 12 quick points for the Clippers.
Hobbled Donovan Mitchell goes off early as Utah Jazz lead LA Clippers 33-31 after first quarter of Game 6 /p>