Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz waits for Game One of the Western Conference in the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder to start at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mitchell scored seven points in the final 54.4 seconds of the quarter as Utah pulled within 79-74 entering the final stanza. Russell Westbrook led OKC in scoring with 19 points.
Game 2 will be played in Oklahoma City Wednesday night at 7:00 PM CST and will be broadcasted on NBA TV.
The Thunder probably wish he hadn't.
On Wednesday, the Utah Jazz did what the Minnesota Timberwolves could not - steal a road playoff game - and Donovan Mitchell certainly took note.
"The strength of our team is our team", said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, reciting his squad's team first mantra.
Mitchell did his damage attacking the basket. The backbreakers came when the Thunder cut the Jazz lead down to just two at 95-93 with 2:23 to go.
"I'm just trying to understand what I can do to not get those fouls", Adams said. George had 18 points on 21 shots, Anthony had 17 points on 18 shots, and Westbrook had 19 points on 19 shots. "We miss and make shots". And they couldn't go shot-for-shot with him.
Derrick Favors was good for 16 rebounds and 20 points, while Rudy Gobert had 15 rebounds and 13 points. Game three is on Saturday. However, when left open and able to shoot in rhythm, Rubio was hitting, he was 5-of-8 from three on his way to 22 points and nine assists.
"I think our main guys got pretty good looks", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. You're weird if you don't, I think ... if you're just smiling, getting back on the court.
Utah led 53-46 at halftime behind 12 points from Rubio and 10 points and eight rebounds from Favors. He set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous mark of five. Could George replicate his 8-of-11 shooting from 3-point range?
But for Adams, it was an outing to forget as he was hampered by early foul trouble, before fouling out in the vital stages of the fourth quarter.
As the Thunder tried to claw back, three-pointers from George, Anthony and Jerami Grant all missed, preventing any chance of an improbably last-minute comeback.
Oklahoma City fell down 67-58 midway through the third quarter.
The rookie standout continued his splurge in the fourth quarter and made a floater to give the Jazz an 81-80 edge with 9:50 left.