Jazz Outrun Thunder in OKC, Tie Series 1-1

20 April, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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George (six misses), Westbrook (four) and Anthony (four) combined to miss all 14 of their final-quarter shots. Rubio made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Utah led 53-46 at halftime behind 12 points from Rubio and 10 points and eight rebounds from Favors. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points, and rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The seventh-year guard is making his first playoff appearance and went 5-of-18 from the field, finishing with 13 points.

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The Timberwolves led by as many as nine early and the game was tied with about eight minutes left in the second quarter before Houston scored 16 straight points, highlighted by three three-pointers from Green, to take a 46-30 lead with about 4½ minutes left in the first half. Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah.

And Mitchell's 28-point game will have a place in Jazz playoff lore, after he was questionable with a toe injury.

If they are to do so, though, it will be vital that they make some adjustments as well as have some key aspects go in their favor, beginning first and foremost with shutting down Oklahoma City's hero in Game 1 - Paul George. On the defensive end, it's all about slowing Donovan Mitchell and limiting the damage Utah is doing on the offensive glass/in the paint. "They've got guys like Corey Brewer, Paul George, who can attack the basket but at the same time we've got to get on Steven Adams". The Thunder were still getting buckets because Playoff P and Westbrook are just great scorers, but it wasn't almost as efficient as it had been.

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Game 2 will be played in Oklahoma City Wednesday night at 7:00 PM CST and will be broadcasted on NBA TV.

Having won the first game, the Thunder looked likely to go up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2013, but a cold fourth quarter cost them. Would the home team ever win consecutive games, as never happened in the Jazz-Clippers series? He hit a deep 2-pointer to close the quarter and give the Thunder an 81-72 lead.

Supporting casts - If Mitchell and/or George fail to show up, the spotlight will be on the supporting players to step up and help carry the load. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players.

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"They all need each other", Snyder said, "and they all know that". "Fourth quarter, we just didn't shoot the ball well".



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