NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Oklahoma City 30 23 22 27 102
Utah 22 36 31 26 115
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CTNaN:� , April 21, 2018
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah  Attendance: 18,306

Thunder look for better finish vs. Mitchell, Jazz

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz

  1. The Jazz evened things up with a 102-95 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday. In the 1993 Western Conference First Round, the then SuperSonics lost Game 3 to the Jazz in Utah after splitting the first two games, but eventually went on to win the series, 3-2.
  2. Utah is 3-4 all-time in Game 3 of a best-of-seven series when splitting the first two games, while Oklahoma City is 7-14 all-time in the same situation.
  3. Utah outscored the Thunder, 28-16, in the fourth quarter of Game 2. The Thunder trio of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook combined for just two points on 0-for-14 shooting during the final period.
  4. Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the final period of Game 2, tying the most points a rookie has scored in the fourth quarter of a playoff game over the past 10 years (Derrick Rose - 13 against the Celtics in Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference First Round).
  5. Ricky Rubio made five three-pointers (5/8) in Wednesday's victory, just one short of his career high (six against the Magic on January 30, 2017). His five makes are also tied for the third most by a Jazz player in a playoff game all-time (Deron Williams -- 6 twice).
  6. Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in Game 2, his ninth consecutive playoff game with a double-double dating back to 2016. The last guard to have such a streak was John Stockton, who did so in 13 straight games spanning the 1991 and 1992 postseason.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Donovan Mitchell is doing everything he can to bolster his case to win Rookie of the Year honors during the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Mitchell took over the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz claim a 102-95 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday and even the series at 1-1. He scored 13 of his team-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. It helped the Jazz erase a double-digit third-quarter deficit and gave them room to pull away late.

"The thing about Donovan's game is he just continued to attack," Utah coach Quin Snyder said after the game. "I thought when he really got aggressive going to the rim, some other things opened up."

Stopping the first-year guard on late game possessions will obviously top the Thunder's agenda when the series returns to Salt Lake City for Game 3 on Saturday night. Executing such a defensive plan will be easier said than done.

Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points through the first two games in the series. He has scored 55 points in his first two playoff games, which is the most by a guard in NBA history.

His efforts have been complemented by aggressive play from Derrick Favors around the basket. Favors is averaging 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the postseason and posted career playoff highs in points (20) and rebounds (16) in Game 2 against the Thunder.

At one point, he had snared eight offensive rebounds through 2 1/2 quarters. Oklahoma City had only six offensive rebounds as a team through the same stretch.

"It definitely helped me for the rest of the game, just trying to find ways to be aggressive and make an impact," Favors said.

The Thunder are looking to regain an edge in Game 3 after getting off to another slow start and enduring an even worse finish in Game 2. Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George combined for two points on 0-of-14 shooting in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City managed just 16 points in the fourth quarter.

It allowed Mitchell to go on a tear and erase a 77-67 third-quarter lead built behind a 19-0 run.

"We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter," Anthony said. "We worked so hard in the third quarter to get the lead back and played so well to get back and go up (10) in that third quarter. Fourth quarter, we just didn't shoot the ball well."

It didn't help that Steven Adams was limited by foul trouble. He picked up two early fouls in the first half, played just 22 minutes, and eventually fouled out with 2:48 left.

With Adams out for large stretches, Favors and Gobert were able to do plenty of damage around the basket. He could not find a way to reverse momentum when he was out there.

"I don't think Steven was ever able to get into a flow or rhythm for himself because he was battling foul trouble," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Utah and Oklahoma City split two games in Salt Lake City in the regular season. The Jazz won the first meeting 96-87 on Oct. 21 behind 19 points from Joe Ingles and 16 points and 13 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. The Thunder took the second game 103-89 on Dec. 23 behind 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists from Westbrook.

Updated April 21, 2018

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