The narrative for this one took a complete 180 from game one. With Paul George knocking down 8 threes and scoring 36 points hitting on 65% of his shots, the Jazz knew they needed to make some adjustments. The biggest adjustment? Donovan Mitchell.
Quin Snyder elected to put Mitchell on Paul George for the majority of the game and it was extremely effective. George finished the game with 18 points on 26% shooting. In all The Jazz defense was simply outstanding tonight and they held every Thunder player under the 20 point mark.
Utah lead at half-time 53-46. In the third quarter you could hear the Thunder starting to roll in. OKC put together a 19-0 run to take a 10 point lead and it looked like the Jazz could be heading to Salt lake City down two games to none. In that run the Jazz looked stagnant, and the ball wasn’t moving like it was in they first half. Following that run Donovan Mitchell went on a 7-0 run by himself and ignited a fire in the jazz to respond with 19-4 run of their own. If his toe injury that he suffered last game was bothering him, it was not apparent at all.
Rudy Gobert, and Derrick Favors combined for a total of 31 points, and 33 rebounds. They were dominate down low, and certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Late in fourth quarter Steven Adams picked up his 5th foul and on the Jazz next possession rudy intelligently went straight after him in the post drawing a 6th foul on the Thunders big man disqualifying him.
Mitchell proved once again that he is made for the spot light, scoring 20 of his 28 points in the second half.
Russell Westbrook seem awfully passive in this one. The Jazz big men down low and the perimeter defense were a big reason why. There just wasn’t many lanes for Westbrook to get into the paint and make something happen like he is usually so good at doing. Un-surprisingly he almost had another triple double scoring 19 points, dishing out 13 assists and grabbing 9 rebounds.
Utah snaps a 15 game losing streak in OKC.
The series will continue in Salt Lake City on Saturday as the Thunder look to take back home court advantage.
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