Jazz beat Thunder 102-95 to tie series at 1-1

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NBA Playoffs 2018: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Game 2 - Match Preview

On Wednesday, the Jazz announced NBA Rookie of the Year candidate Mitchell was fit to play against the Thunder midweek. Paul George shot just 6 of 21 while finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and nine rebounds.

Derrick Favors had a "podium game" for Utah pouring in 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

George still scored 24 of his game-high 36 points after the hard fall.

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. That mark was good enough to break both Most-threes-made-in-a-single-game, and playoff game, franchise records.

So this looks like a long series in the making, with Game 3 booked Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

And Mitchell's 28-point game will have a place in Jazz playoff lore, after he was questionable with a toe injury. 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. Unfortunately for OKC, it was Utah that got in the last - and deciding - stretch of exceptional play. Suddenly, that Utah lead was just one point, and after a timeout, the Thunder rattled off another 11 points, getting points from all five men on the floor during its 19-0 run to take a 10-point lead at 77-67 with just 54.4 seconds left in the period.

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The figure included $81,840 in salary and $1.6 million for the cost of "security arrangements". That would come out to about the same as last year's median pay.

The two most pivotal players in the first-round series between Oklahoma City and Utah are the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the Jazz's Rudy Gobert.

"We've just got to be aggressive, miss and make shots", Westbrook said. The backbreakers came when the Thunder cut the Jazz lead down to just two at 95-93 with 2:23 to go.

All of that made this a game it felt like the Jazz needed to win - there are few chances to steal a game on the road against a good team, and this was one. We believe Love can put all of these pieces together tonight and have himself a monster game.

The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.

Alex Abrines hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a 92-80 lead and force Utah to call timeout. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players. "Now it's our turn to make some adjustments and figure out what we're going to do", Anthony said.

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