Jazz Squash Thunder, Take 2-1 Series Lead in Utah


After two subpar outings in the first-round series against Oklahoma City, Ingles had a breakout game at a critical moment for the Jazz, helping clinch a 115-102 Game 3 win with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.

It was the first time a Jazz player recorded a triple-double in the postseason since John Stockton did it on April 28, 2001. Westbrook was very passive Wednesday night, and even refused to drive when Jazz big man Rudy Gobert roamed the paint.

Mitchell said he isn't expecting to see a desperate Thunder team when game No. 4 happens Monday night, but is expecting more physicality.

Indeed. In the first two playoff games against the Thunder, Favors is averaging 13.5 points on 52 percent shooting and 10.5 rebounds.

The extra spacing on the floor was boosted by the fact that Patterson knocked down a pair of three-pointers during the burst.

Of course, Rubio wasn't the only hero for the Jazz in Game 3.

Russell Westbrook had his worst game of the series, turning in a performance that just won't ever lead to a Thunder victory.

The Utah Jazz can take full control of this series with another home victory and taking a 3-1 lead.

Rubio outplayed the reigning MVP Westbrook, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and eight turnovers. Now they'll look to extend their lead in Monday's Game 4.

Bench points for the Thunder, doubling the Jazz bench points.

GEORGE IS HEALTHY: George had missed practice in between Games 1 and 2 because of a sore right hip that he injured in the first game.

Thunder: Oklahoma City was outscored 30-14 after Adams sat down with his third foul early in the second quarter.

Turnovers by the Thunder. Gobert added an inside hoop and Mitchell drained a 3-pointer to cap the 13-0 burst and make it 106-86 with 5:10 left. "And then I think we got a little bit away from some of that towards the end of the second quarter". Utah responded with the next nine points with Mitchell's basket capping the run and accounting for a six-point edge with 7:41 remaining.

As much as he overcame the defense of Paul George, one of the best wing defenders in the league, he also overcame some of his own instincts.

As it turns out, Oklahoma City has not only failed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit, in their history, they've ended up going down in five games in each of the four instances in which they've fallen 3-1.

Westbrook didn't take a shot in the fourth quarter, but said he doesn't have any specific physical injury.

Ingles was more aggressive in Game 3, driving to the lane and getting his teammates involved. "He was able to get loose and get some clean looks and made them".

"I don't know", the Thunder coach said, "he seems fine to me".