Jazz star Mitchell to play game two against Thunder

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

Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell lands another basket during his team's 102-95 win over the Thunder. Oklahoma City led 54-48 at halftime behind 20 points from George and 14 from Westbrook. The Thunder were held to 40 percent shooting for the night with 18 points for George, 19 from Westbrook and 17 from Anthony.

Ingles was schooled by Thunder All-Star Paul George in Sunday's game one but he responded on Wednesday with a defensive effort that George at just 18 points - down from 36 last time - and scoreless in the decisive last quarter.

Ricky Rubio contributed 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Derrick Favors recorded 20 points and 16 rebounds to help Utah tie the series at one game apiece. Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. With his rookie counterpart Donovan Mitchell banged up a little bit, it paves the way for Rubio to take over even more. Jamal Crawford scored 16 points for the eighth-seeded Timberwolves, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The most by a guard in National Basketball Association history through his first two playoff games.

Mitchell suffered a toe injury in the fourth quarter of Game 1. George missed the latter half of the fourth quarter due to muscle tightness.

Saturday, Paul George was asked about the different levels of intensity that ramp up during the postseason, and he replied with a sly smile saying "Oh, Yall aint met playoff P yet, huh?" and he was right.

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As Stephen Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the defending champions used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series.

Still, Oklahoma City outscored Utah 33-21 in the third quarter, a period of notorious struggles throughout the regular season, when opponents outscored OKC by 4.5 points per 100 possessions during thirds, 24th in the National Basketball Association.

George then attacked and made a tough floater before Westbrook grabbed his own miss and found Carmelo Anthony for a second chance three-pointer. All those contested jumpers that went down in Game 1 most certainly did not drop in Game 2.

Alex Abrines hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a 92-80 lead and force Utah to call timeout. We're never going to put a player's health at risk in any way. Coming in, everyone in the Thunder locker room knew this Jazz team was serious, and expected adversity in the series. "We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter". "Now it's our turn to make some adjustments and figure out what we're going to do", Anthony said.

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