Donovan Mitchell bounced out of his slump in a major way on Wednesday night as the Jazz defeated the Houston Rockets 100-89.

Mitchell was shooting just 35% from the floor throughout Utah’s first four games, but last night he exploded for 38-points, seven assists and five rebounds. He was just three-points away from matching his career high.

But more meaningful even than his improved play and the Jazz win was the motivating factor behind the big performance.

Earlier in the week tragedy struck the Salt Lake City community as 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey of the University of Utah track team was shot and killed by her abusive ex-boyfriend.

Donovan was quick to show his support following the tragedy.

Donovan paid further tribute to McCluskey and her family by writing her name into his shoes for Wednesday night’s game.

In a post-game interview with NBA-TV, Mitchell used to platform to express heartbreak at the situation and provided comments on the issue of domestic violence.

It sounds corny, but I don’t know if we’ll ever see a better ambassador for the Louisville basketball program than Donovan Mitchell.

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