It all adds up. Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career.
After the Jazz took a 7-point lead at half, the Thunder went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead. From there, it was on. OKC routinely took bad shots after very little offensive movement, a recurring issue for this squad.
"The entire game we could have executed better", Donovan said. Favors had nine points and seven rebounds in the first quarter. "There was no momentum". Gobert had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz. The Thunder were held to 40 percent shooting for the night with 18 points for George, 19 from Westbrook and 17 from Anthony.
Thunder: George played through a bruised right hip. George led the Thunder with 11 points at the break. The pace was all wrong for the Thunder, much too slow and to Utah's liking. He exited the game late in the fourth quarter due to an ankle sprain, but luckily his MRI has come back negative, and he is expected to play in game two. "Without Fav we wouldn't even be at this point".
For the Thunder, the shots that fell in Game 1 did not in Game 2, much as it has been night to night for this team all season. "We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter". That little spurt changed the momentum completely. "I'm just trying not to make the same fouls, just so I can stay in the game".
Now the series will shift back to Utah for Game 3, which will tip-off at 10 PM ET on Saturday night. "I didn't have a free throw until the second half, so "just continue to be aggressive" was my mindset".More news: National Football League schedule 2018: London Games feature firsts as global slate released
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George still scored 24 of his game-high 36 points after the hard fall. It didn't help that in the fourth quarter, the Thunder's dynamic scoring options went cold. 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. George (six misses), Westbrook (four) and Anthony (four) combined to miss all 14 of their final-quarter shots. "And I thought we moved the ball to the open man..."
"They sustained it throughout the fourth quarter", Anthony continued. "I think if he was feeling something, he didn't show it, and he played through it".
Mitchell said it was Ingles who quickly re-focused the jubilant Jazz locker room after the victory.
The Jazz have now put themselves in a great position to pull off an upset in this series after stealing home-court advantage.
"They made adjustments from Game 1". "Things that we can correct, things that we need to correct, things that we will correct on the next game". On to the next game.
Imagine the Jazz's winning a road playoff game while going almost six minutes without scoring.