Tonight will mark the third game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series. The first game was on April 15 when the Thunder handed the Jazz a 116-108 loss. During that game, Paul George scored thirty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell had twenty-seven points, ten rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. The Jazz would respond in Game 2 as they sneak off with a 102 to 95 victory. Mitchell finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while Russell Westbrook settled for nineteen points, nine rebounds, thirteen assists and four steals. Each team would look to take a 2-1 lead as they fight each other in Utah.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 68.4 FG%)
Kyle Singler (1.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The game will be competitive at the beginning as both teams shot fifty-three percent in the first half. Ricky Rubio got hot for nineteen points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second quarter. He also had seven rebounds, six assists and one steal while Joe Ingles helped out with eight points. Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell both had seven points each while Rudy Gobert earned six points and six rebounds. Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Jae Crowder played thirteen minutes off of the bench but was only kept to four points.
On the other end of the court, Russell Westbrook scored ten points while recording four defensive rebounds, six assists and one steal. Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony had nine points each which also included one three-pointer each. Anthony had two defensive rebounds to add while Steven Adams contributed with six points. Patrick Patterson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points while the Utah Jazz went into halftime with a 58 to 53 advantage.
The Jazz would close things out in the second half with a 57 to 49 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field. Mitchell would drop fifteen points which included three three-pointers. He also had six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block while Ingles continued to help out with thirteen points. Ingles also had three three-pointers while Gobert scored twelve points. Crowder played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.
As for the Oklahoma team, Paul George saw to it that he got fourteen points which held two three-pointers. Anthony would score only five points that contained a three-pointer in the third quarter. Jerami Grant also had five points off of the bench along with two defensive rebounds. Westbrook was kept to just a three-pointer and a free-throw but did manage to get ahold of seven rebounds while dishing out three assists. Raymond Felton played sixteen minutes off of the bench as he earned eight points but it was the Utah Jazz who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 115-102 score, making the series 2-1. Ricky Rubio finished the game with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, ten assists, two steals and one block while Paul George had twenty-three points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.