Jazz tie series at 1
The Utah Jazz took home-court advantage in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an away victory Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Jazz played a solid first two quarters of basketball and went into the half leading 53-46. About halfway through the third quarter, the Thunder found themselves trailing 67-58. OKC came to life with a 19-0 scoring run and led 77-67 with one minute left in the third quarter. Utah quickly closed down the lead and tied the game at 79 with 10 minutes remaining. The score remained within four with one minute to go. Carmelo Anthony missed back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute to seal the Thunder’s loss.
Fourth-quarter shooting troubles
Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony combined for zero field goals in the fourth quarter. The big three were unable to recreate the magic from the 19-0 run in the third quarter and fell flat in the fourth.
“We all missed,” Anthony said in an ESPN video after the game. “We just didn’t make shots in that fourth quarter.”
Mitchell scores 13 in fourth quarter
Donovan Mitchell’s appearance on the court was a game-time decision after suffering a left foot injury in Game 1. Mitchell, a rookie, played exceptionally well in the second postseason game of his career. Mitchell took over the fourth quarter, when he scored 13 of his 28 points. Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio also shined for the Jazz. Rubio scored 22 points, and Favors added 20 points with 16 rebounds.