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Thunder-Jazz Game 5: By the Numbers

26 April, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Russell Westbrook Carmelo Anthony Paul George

The duo got hot from downtown, and with Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors in foul trouble, OKC went nuts in the paint, attacking the rim at will. Westbrook and George brought the Thunder to life as they relentlessly bullied the Jazz on both sides of the floor. Crowder then dished to Ingles for a corner three and, after a bucket by Westbrook, he canned his third three of the game to cap a 15-5 run and give the Jazz a 25-19 lead. Back-to-back threes by Westbrook and Alex Abrines put Oklahoma City up 96-91, and a jumper by Westbrook with 1:24 left put Oklahoma City up 107-99.

In order for Oklahoma City to extend the series to a Game 7, they'll surely need the effort to be there from the opening tip.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had no right to force a game six in their first round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Utah Jazz. By the time he subbed back in, Oklahoma City led 88-87.

Bench time for Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the second half.

The Thunder were listless and appeared headed for defeat and playoff elimination on their own court on Tuesday when they trailed by 71-46 in the third quarter.

Ingles had 16 points but did not score in the second half. Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists in Game 6.

Paul George added 34 points and eight rebounds as Oklahoma City cut Utah's lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2. "But we're going home, we've got to be strong with confidence".

After a sloppy start, the Jazz got rolling late in the first quarter.

3-pointers in the second half by the Thunder, who only had two at halftime. Game six is Friday night in Salt Lake City at 9:30pm. Such a bugaboo in earlier games, OKC took care of the ball spectacularly. "We'll watch the film and figure out what went wrong".

"Just picked my spots and tried to be aggressive", Westbrook said.

"We stopped playing defense", said Donovan Mitchell, who had 23 points". (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Corey Brewer, left, and center Steven Adams (12) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.



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