Oklahoma City Thunder showcase superteam strength in epic Game 5 rally, win

27 April, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams playing for Oklahoma City Thunder

Domantas Sabonis had a team-high 22 points for the Pacers, who will try to avoid elimination when they host Game 6 on Friday.

The NBA fined Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook $10,000 on Tuesday for an altercation with Utah center Rudy Gobert during Monday's Jazz victory.

Ingles had 16 points but did not score in the second half.

Crowder hit Adams in the face with a swinging elbow during the Jazz's game four win on Tuesday.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the under is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Down by as many as 25 points in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook would start the charge. Paul George also came through with a big performance in game five, registering 34 points on 12 for 26 shooting to go with eight boards. They trailed by 14 points late in the game before rallying and having a chance to force overtime, with Joe Johnson missing a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

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Westbrook, who looked lost in two dispiriting defeats in Salt Lake City and looked defeated in the first half of Game 5, showed that the lion heart that we often talk about is for real.

Suddenly the game changed when Jazz coach Quin Snyder sat down his centre Rudy Gobert with nine minutes left in the third quarter when he picked up his fourth foul. As noted by Andy Larson of KSL.com, a Thunder lineup heavy on athleticism and length - which Billy Donovan enabled when he parked Carmelo Anthony on the bench in favor of Jerami Grant - began aggressively switching screens on the perimeter, doing a much better job of keeping the ball out of the paint and enticing Utah's ball-handlers to settle for contested outside shots. "We've known during the year if we struggle offensively that our defense has to stay solid".

In a video shared by Gabe Ikard of The Franchise Sports in Oklahoma City, Mitchell appeared to tell OKC fans "We'll see y'all next year" as he walked off the floor.

James also went 15-for-15 from the line and finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Somehow, they neglected to issue a technical on Westbrook despite the apparent violation of National Basketball Association rules (just ask Amar'e Stoudemire). The two either scored or assisted on every one of those 61 points. After all, it's one win and OKC needs two more to advance. Westbrook's jumper gave Oklahoma City a 102-95 lead with 3:41 left before Mitchell scored back-to-back baskets to get Utah back within three.

Utah won Games 3 and 4 each by double digits at Vivint Smart Home Arena, and Mitchell clearly believes his team is going to dispatch of Westbrook's Thunder with the backing of the home fans.

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