Thunder Drop Game 2 to Jazz in Playoff Series

Paul George and his alter ego Playoff P carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to a Game 1 victory over the Utah Jazz. Mandatory Credit USATSI  TBN Media Illustration

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Hear more from Adams as his team preps for game two in the video above.

The Thunder look to improve to 5-4 after winning the first game of a National Basketball Association playoff series at home. George hit his seventh 3-pointer to push Oklahoma City's lead to 79-66. From there, it was on.

-11: Utah turned offensive rebounds into second-chance opportunities, outscoring the Thunder 20-9 in that category. "There was no momentum". Rudy Gobert scored 14 points, and Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder each added 13 for the Jazz.

Ingles was disappointing by his standards, putting up 13 points, two rebounds, and an assist in his 31 minutes; with a smothering George making life hard for him. "I expect these two, three days in between going to Utah, I should be back to 100 [percent]". Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries. "But I just took what they gave me". A double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter in front of a wonderful crowd would have been tough for Utah to overcome.

Despite concerns Donovan Mitchell would miss Game 2 due to a foot injury, the rookie led the Utah Jazz to victory Wednesday night. Outside of the 19-0 run late in the third quarter, there was very little to get excited about.

"I thought Jerami did a good job several times of finding Alex for some 3s".

In this game of runs, the Jazz had withstood the Thunder's best punch, and after staggering for five scoreless minutes, regrouped and swung back.

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Reed said that a young trio of Randle, 23, Mitchell, 21, and Gobert, 25, "would be terrifying" for opposing teams as each one could provide a unique strength for head coach Quin Snyder for years to come. Paul George transformed into "Playoff P" as he went off for a career playoff-high 36 points and 8 3-pointers. It didn't help that in the fourth quarter, the Thunder's dynamic scoring options went cold.

It's yet another development in the games of Adams and Grant which can help the Thunder's ball movement. I don't really have an answer to what happened or an excuse to why we didn't make shots.

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

"They sustained it throughout the fourth quarter", Anthony continued. "Everyone played their part and we played hard". "They beat us to the punch at the little things tonight and as a result they ran away with the game".

Utah sagged off the Thunder's non-shooters throughout crunch time, the typical treatment for those kinds of players during the playoffs.

The Jazz have now put themselves in a great position to pull off an upset in this series after stealing home-court advantage. Unlike during Game 1, Rubio nailed them.

"I don't know", Anthony said. "Things that we can correct, things that we need to correct, things that we will correct on the next game". On to the next game.

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