Thunder take advantage of Rudy Gobert's foul trouble in comeback win

Thunder take advantage of Rudy Gobert's foul trouble in comeback win

The Utah Jazz had a chokehold on Game 5 during the first half before falling victim to an Oklahoma City Thunder avalanche in the third quarter, as Russell Westbrook and Paul George took over, mounting a 25-point comeback and taking the game 107-99.

James went from goaltending to game-winning in a matter of seconds in Game 5 on Wednesday night, his straightaway 3-pointer at the buzzer giving Cleveland a three-point win and a 3-2 series lead.

A trio of possible series-ending games are on Friday night's National Basketball Association playoff schedule: Cleveland at Indiana, Toronto at Washington and Oklahoma City at Utah.

Russell Westbrook exploded for 45 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Thunder.

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Meanwhile, Paul George chipped in with 34 points and eight rebounds of his own as he tries to extend his OKC stay. The Jazz took a 56-42 lead into halftime and seemed to be in total control.

Still trailing in the series 3-2, the Thunder will have their work cut out for them if they're to get the series back to Oklahoma City. First, Rudy Gobert got into foul trouble in the third quarter and the change was what you'd expect. We need to do a better job.

We'll see now if those 20 disastrous minutes have undone what had been building for three months and three playoff games, time and triumphs that up until now had seemed unsullied and irreproachable.

The top-seeded Rockets had no trouble closing out their Western Conference quarterfinal series in five games.

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Some thought the league office would suspend Westbrook for Game 5 because he left the sideline, but he got away with just the fine and technical.

James also went 15-for-15 from the line and finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

He tied the game in the most Westbrookian of ways, chucking up one of those patented, momentum, pull-up 3-pointers and knocking it in to knot the score at 78 at end of the third quarter.

The only way for Mitchell's comment to be true would be if the Jazz can finish off the series in Game 6 as it shifts back to Utah. "A lot of what went on in that third quarter was because of him". "We got stops when we needed to". I expect the Jazz to contain OKC's scoring as they held them to an average of 99 points in game three and four, plus the under is 8-2 in their last 10 home games against the Thunder.

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The problem with trying to recreate the effort is that there are aspects of a 25-point comeback that only happen once in a blue moon for any team. OKC had never coalesced throughout the season; they were meant to lose to a unified squad that was simply a better team right?

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