Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said
than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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into the second half and it allowed the Jazz to pull away for a 113-96 victory
Monday night. The Jazz used a 20-3 run spanning the end of the second quarter
and the start of the third to break open the game.
Utah takes a 3-1 series lead back to Oklahoma City. Game 5 in the
best-of-seven playoff is Wednesday night.
Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz to their
third straight win in the series. Joe Ingles added 20 points, hitting five
Mitchell’s willingness to attack the rim put the Thunder on their heels
throughout the second half.
”He’s done a good job of getting in there and finishing or dropping it off,”
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ”It’s an important part of what we do. He’s our
most dynamic offensive player.”
Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio chipped in 13
points, eight assists and six boards. Derrick Favors also scored 13.
Paul George had 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 14
rebounds to lead the Thunder, who shot 39 percent from the field.
”I thought we played downhill a lot more,” coach Billy Donovan said. ”I
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move the ball. I thought our ball movement was sporadic and sometimes it was
The Thunder opened a 26-19 lead late in the first quarter when Carmelo
Anthony capped a string of three straight Oklahoma City baskets with an
alley-oop layup. They held onto the lead for much of the second quarter until
Utah finally woke up on offense.
Starting with Gobert cutting to the rim for a dunk with 3:45 left in the
second quarter, the Jazz scored on 11 straight possessions. Ingles fueled the
surge by hitting three consecutive 3s to put Utah in front 58-52 before
”These guys are great at telling me to shoot it as much as possible within
the flow of our team and our offense,” Ingles said.
The surge Ingles kept going finally culminated in another dunk by Gobert that
punctuated the decisive 20-3 run that gave Utah a 67-52 lead.
”The whole year, one of the things that we’ve wanted to do collectively is
try to generate open shots,” Snyder said. ”You’re not always going to make them,
but you want to keep taking them. Eventually Cheap
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ones in the second half.”
The Jazz led by as many as 21 in the third quarter. Utah went up 87-68 when
Mitchell drained a jumper and then fed Ingles for a 3-pointer on the ensuing
Physical play and heated emotions characterized the game. Both teams picked
up two technical fouls before halftime. Jae Crowder was ejected after a
technical foul with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
”That’s just what you’re going to get with a playoff team,” George said.
”It’s playoff basketball. It’s going to get chippy. It’s going to get physical.
We’re in it for the fight.”
Thunder: Westbrook finished with his fourth consecutive double-double in the
series. … Anthony went just 5 of 18 from the field. … Oklahoma City totaled one
assist in the third quarter and finished with 10 for the game. … The Thunder
shot 5 of 26 from 3-point range.
Jazz: Ingles is 10 of 21 from 3-point range over his last two games. … Utah
forced 15 turnovers. … Royce O’ Neale finished with a career playoff-high nine
rebounds. … Rubio is averaging eight assists per game in the series.
WESTBROOK VS. RUBIO
Westbrook publicly promised to shut down Rubio in Game 4 after the Jazz point
guard notched a triple-double in Game 3. His aggressiveness ended up with
Westbrook drawing four personal fouls in the first half. In the end, Rubio shot
just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with two fewer assists (eight) than
the Thunder tallied as a team.
Following the game, Westbrook did not want to discuss how he guarded
”It wasn’t about me or him,” he said. ”Let’s get past that. We done with
Mitchell set a postseason rookie scoring record for the Jazz Steven
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1986, against the Mavericks. Mitchell is the first rookie to have a 30-point
playoff game since Brandon Jennings did it in 2010. Mitchell is just the third
rookie in the last 50 years to score 110-plus points in his first four playoff
games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan.
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