The Utah Jazz led by their rookie phenom Donovan Mitchell defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-96 on Monday night to take a decisive 3-1 series lead. This was a game the Jazz controlled on both ends of the floor and the Thunder knew it as frustration boiled over. The Thunder were unable to establish themselves on either end of the floor and the Jazz have found themselves one game from the conference semifinals.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell was the best player on the floor scoring a game high 33 points on 13-28 and had 7 rebounds to go along with it. The Thunder never really had answer for him, he seemed to get to the basket and get to spots on the floor when he wanted and how he wanted. The scary thing is that he's only going to get better.
The Jazz had all five starters in double figures. Wingman Joe Ingles had major contributions pouring in 20 points on 5-11 from three. Center Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been disappointing in the way they approach this game already being down 2-1 in the series. They came out trying to play hero ball and couldn't get stops defensively. Collectively they just didn't seem to trust one another. Their MVP Russell Westbrook committed four fouls in the first half after trying to keep true to his words after the Game 3 loss that Jazz guard Ricky Rubio wouldn't have the same type of game and may have lost focus at the ultimate task. He did finish with a double-double 23 points, 14 rebounds but had to work hard for his baskets.
All-star Paul George led the Thunder with 32 points but shot only 9-21 from the field. Carmelo Anthony had a sub par 11 points on 5-18 shooting and 0-6 from three. The Thunder three stars combined to shoot 2-18 from three.
The Thunder are a team arguably one of the most talented and with the reigning MVP are on the brink of elimination. They will have questions to answer this summer, to go down to a team without an All-Star (the only playoff team to not have one) and led by a rookie. Not good, and teams may have to reconsider this "super team theory.
Game 5: Wednesday 4/25 6:30 PT
What To Watch For: Will The Thunder show any pride?
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