Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2: 3 things we learned

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2: 3 things we learned

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2: 3 things we learned

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is going through warmups Wednesday prior to Game 3.

He cut a 10-point deficit to five in the closing stages of the third and put the finishing touches on the win with a spinning layup with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Ingles was disappointing by his standards, putting up 13 points, two rebounds, and an assist in his 31 minutes; with a smothering George making life hard for him.

Maybe it was because they were playing two non-shooters next to the big three for much of the final period, whether those were Grant and Steven Adams or Grant and Corey Brewer after Adams, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds over 22 foul-troubled minutes, fouled out with just under three minutes to go.

But Paul George and Donovan Mitchell are very important too, for their teams. His 55 points are the most by a guard in his first two postseason contests in National Basketball Association history, passing Michael Jordan's 53 points in 1985, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Game three is on Saturday.

James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed Houston to outlast Minnesota in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. George missed the latter half of the fourth quarter due to muscle tightness.

The two most pivotal players in the first-round series between Oklahoma City and Utah are the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the Jazz's Rudy Gobert.


Harden said earlier this week that he knew Paul would have a big Game 2 after the nine-time All-Star scored 14 points and tied a season high with six turnovers in the first game.

Mitchell ended up slicing OKC with fourth-quarter drives to the hoop, whether he was using screens, denying them or just using shear patience and hesitation moves. Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and 9 rebounds.

"I think Ricky, Donovan got shots that they've made all year - they didn't make some of them, they made some of them - but I'll be aggressive, I'll stay aggressive".

35-18: Utah outscored OKC 35-18 after the Thunder took a 10-point lead with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter.

"We worked so hard in the third quarter to get the lead back and played so well to get back", Anthony said.

All of that made this a game it felt like the Jazz needed to win - there are few chances to steal a game on the road against a good team, and this was one. "Fourth quarter, we just didn't shoot the ball well".

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