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Mitchell, Jazz dump Thunder for 3-1 series lead

25 April, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Russell Westbrook Ricky Rubio

The Jazz announced the guard surpassed Karl Malone's franchise record for the most points in a playoff game, which the Hall-of-Famer set in 1986 with 31 points.

Collectively, they had 21 assists for the game, as well as six scorers in double figures - a testament that better teams win in the postseason, not necessarily the best talent.

OKC started strongly, ending the first quarter with a 30-24 lead before Utah managed to claw back in the second period behind three consecutive three-point shots by Ingles to build a six-point lead at the half, 58-52.

The 27-year-old Rubio, who finished with 13 points, also said the collective defense had helped subdue the potent Oklahoma City line-up.

Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"I thought we played downhill a lot more", coach Billy Donovan said.

George led the scoring for Oklahoma City with 32 points while Westbrook had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

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Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook may feel responsible for making sure Rubio doesn't snag another triple-double, but he also knows that with his team facing a 3-1 series hole, there are more important things than a personal rivalry.

Mitchell's willingness to attack the rim put the Thunder on their heels throughout the second half.

"We're just both out there competing", Ingles said of his battle with George.

Westbrook picked up his fourth foul of the game right before halftime, drawing a big cheer from the Jazz faithful. "We're in it for the fight", George said.

Chris Paul scored 25 points, Eric Gordon had 18 and Trevor Ariza, who kept the cold-shooting Rockets afloat with 11 first-quarter points, chipped in 15.

"I think we came out a little flatter than last game". Butler finished with 19 points and nine rebounds while Derrick Rose produced another strong effort off the bench with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting.