The Utah Jazz won a crucial Game 3 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and now the Jazz have eyes on a 3-1 series advantage in Monday’s Game 4.
The Utah Jazz trailed by 12 points midway through the second quarter in Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder before closing the half on a 25-8 run to take a five-point lead into halftime. The Jazz then controlled the second half to earn a 115-102 victory, giving them a 2-1 series lead and a chance to take full control with a win in Monday’s Game 4.
Ricky Rubio recorded his first playoff triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as part of a balanced attack for Utah. All five Jazz starters scored in double figures, with rookie Donovan Mitchell and Ruby Gobert both notching double-doubles.
After putting up 22 points and 11 rebounds in Game 3, Mitchell is now averaging 25.7 points and nine boards in his first playoff series. He’s shooting a tick under 45 percent from the field and making a third of his 3-pointers.
Russell Westbrook nearly had another triple-double in Game 3, but he had a poor game overall. He scored 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and turned the ball over eight times in 37 minutes, which helped result in a team-worst minus-25 plus-minus.
Paul George led the Thunder with 23 points as he battles through a hip injury. George is the Thunder’s leading scorer thus far in the postseason with a scoring average of 25.7 points per game. Westbrook is down at 20.7 points per game and is shooting just 36.1 percent from the field in the series.
Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena
TV Info: TNT, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, FOX Sports Oklahoma
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The Jazz have the momentum and home-court advantage on their side. If Utah can continue to neutralize Westbrook, it will have a golden chance of taking full control of this series. The 2017 MVP is due for an explosion, though, so watch out for that in Game 4.