Paul George: Not on injury report


Once again, the Jazz were led by stellar rookie Donovan Mitchell, who poured in 28 points along with six rebounds, two assists and a steal. The Jazz's defense had a lot to do with an OKC collapse that will be remembered for the way Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony went a combined 0 for 14 from the field in the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime.

Derrick Favors had a "podium game" for Utah pouring in 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start.

Donovan Mitchell exploded onto the National Basketball Association scene this year and was a rookie sensation for the Utah Jazz throughout the regular season. His 55 points are the most by a guard in his first two postseason contests in National Basketball Association history, passing Michael Jordan's 53 points in 1985, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah at 8:00 p.m.

The fire from Mitchell was nothing new for the possible Rookie of the Year, who averaged 30.2 points per 36 minutes during fourth quarters this regular season and who entered the day questionable because of a left foot contusion.

Thunder: George played through a bruised right hip.

"The entire game we could have executed better", Donovan said.

Paul George: Not on injury report
Paul George: Not on injury report

Another 3-pointer by Rubio gave Utah a 92-89 lead with 4:02 left, and the lead reached 99-93 on Mitchell's basket with 1:33 left.

Billy Donovan said he expects Paul George to play and they'll see how much he can go during the game.

Thunder duo Paul George and Steven Adams combine to block Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert's shot.

The game was filled with back and fourth runs by both teams with the lead changing a dozen times which also included 10 ties.

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.

Utah sagged off the Thunder's non-shooters throughout crunch time, the typical treatment for those kinds of players during the playoffs. I don't really have an answer to what happened or an excuse to why we didn't make shots.

"They all need each other", Snyder said, "and they all know that". "We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter".

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