Russell Westbrook scores 45 as Thunder's huge rally rocks Utah

Russell Westbrook scores 45 as Thunder's huge rally rocks Utah

With a 25-point lead in the 3rd quarter, everything was right there for the Utah Jazz to send the OKC Thunder into the offseason with more questions than answers.

Donovan Mitchell is confident that the Jazz's first-round playoff series against the Thunder won't go to Game 7.

George had 34 points and eight rebounds for the game and his New Zealand centre Steven Adams was strong with six points and six rebounds. With George focused defensively on Utah star rookie Donovan Mitchell, opportunities likely will be there for Crowder.

Jae Crowder led the Jazz with 27 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Utah still lead the series 3-2. But that doesn't mean they're going to fold or fail to show up for Game 6.

The only way for Mitchell's comment to be true would be if the Jazz can finish off the series in Game 6 as it shifts back to Utah. He went from potential goat (turning the ball over, which the National Basketball Association said was a bad call) to hero (blocking Victor Oladipo's layup, which the National Basketball Association later said was also a bad call and should have been goaltending) to hero by hitting the game-winner. They somehow pulled out a 107-99 victory over the Jazz after trailing 71-46 during the third quarter.

When Westbrook stopped and popped a deep three to tie the game at 78-78 late in the third quarter - capping a 32-7 run that came out of nowhere like an RKO - it became clear that we were watching something truly special.




Guard Russell Westbrook led the way for the Thunder with a 45-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist performance. I expect the Jazz to contain OKC's scoring as they held them to an average of 99 points in game three and four, plus the under is 8-2 in their last 10 home games against the Thunder.

They beat and thoroughly outplayed the Thunder in games three and four on their home court. LeBron James offered fireworks to lift Cleveland, while Russell Westbrook and Paul George kept Oklahoma City's season alive.

Melo discusses the incident after the game: "My competitive nature just took over at that point, wanting to be a part of that atmosphere".

The Rockets will face either Oklahoma City or Utah in the next round. Harden poured in 24 points with 12 assists, while Capela exploded for 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Game 6 is on Friday at 8:30 PM MT at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Game, set, series for Utah ... until it wasn't.

All-Star duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry helped the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 win over the Washington Wizards. As OKC was rallying from the 25-point hole, Anthony wasn't involved.

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