With 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Ricky Rubio became the first Jazz player to record a postseason triple-double since John Stockton in 2001, as Utah took a 2-1 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 115-102 win on Saturday. And then Rudy Gobert rebounded Ingles' miss and threw it to Ricky Rubio, who tossed in a one-footed 3-pointer as the period ended, pushing the Jazz's lead to 14 points.
Rubio outplayed the reigning MVP Westbrook, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and eight turnovers. Russell Westbrook is still clearly the leader, but the Thunder still got over 20 points per game for Paul George and 15 from Carmelo Anthony. "It feels good to win". Even so, that snapshot of recent history raised questions about the Jazz's ability to win home games in the playoffs, and how much the perceived home-court advantage of Vivint would help them.
Ingles described the environment as "completely different than past year", suggesting fans have embraced this Jazz team to a greater degree. It took a few possessions to set in, but Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan changed the game in the first quarter when he elected to go small and insert Patrick Patterson for Steven Adams at the 8:00 mark.
The OKC Thunder came out strong in this one, en route to an 8 point lead after one quarter of play.
Jeff Teague scored 23 points and Andrew Wiggins pitched in 20 points with another four 3-pointers, helping the Timberwolves match the fire-away Rockets from behind the arc and cruise down the stretch behind a 50 percent shooting performance.
numberFire's models project Mitchell for 21.0 points, 4.1 boards and 3.9 assists in 35.5 minutes of action on Saturday. In fact, Donovan's group rattled off 10 straight points early in the third quarter to take a 63-60 lead, but the Jazz quickly responded with a Donovan Mitchell three-pointer that turned the momentum back again.
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For that reason, and for the first time, a corporate partner - Zions Bank - is fully supporting the Utah Jazz playoff run, adding an extra level of fan engagement in the playoffs with special outdoor and in-arena experiences. Not only did his triple-double spell trouble for the Thunder, it was also something of a milestone for the home side.
Oklahoma City led 30-22 after the first quarter and actually extended the lead to 45-33 with 7:26 left before halftime.
Jrue Holiday capped his 41-point performance with an 18-foot pull-up jumper that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds left.
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