Playoff P shows why OKC is a legit title threat

Playoff P shows why OKC is a legit title threat

The score didn't reflect a massive deficit, but the opportunity cost to the Thunder of not having a solid lead at that point proved to be pivotal.

Steven Adams, who battled foul trouble all game, finished with just nine points on four of five shooting. Gobert finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, power forward Derrick Favors had 20 points and 16 rebounds, while the backcourt duo of Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio combined for 50 points. Rubio had a good fantasy night in Game 1 putting up around 40 fantasy points.

But Paul George and Donovan Mitchell are very important too, for their teams.

Favors was imposing, posting career playoff highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds and making it hard to picture this team without him as he enters free agency this summer.

The Timberwolves led by as many as nine early and the game was tied with about eight minutes left in the second quarter before Houston scored 16 straight points, highlighted by three three-pointers from Green, to take a 46-30 lead with about 4½ minutes left in the first half.

The series is all square at a game a piece with game three Saturday in Utah.

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Playoff P failed to show up in this one, as George cooled off tremendously after a nuclear Game 1. On the defensive end, it's all about slowing Donovan Mitchell and limiting the damage Utah is doing on the offensive glass/in the paint. "I just took what the game gave me".

The Utah Jazz evened up their best-of-seven series with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night with a 102-95 victory.

The Thunder are hoping their star trio would not disappear when they needed these players the most.

"We've said the strength of our team is our team, and obviously we've had some really good individual performances", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Utah entered halftime with a 53-46 edge after Rubio posted 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first 24 minutes, but allowed a 19-0 OKC run in the third to fall behind by as many as nine.

As the Thunder tried to claw back, three-pointers from George, Anthony and Jerami Grant all missed, preventing any chance of an improbably last-minute comeback. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players. "Fourth quarter, we just didn't shoot the ball well". "Now it's our turn to make some adjustments and figure out what we're going to do", Anthony said.

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