Thunder Bolts: Oklahoma City Thunder 107, Utah Jazz 99

David Moore

Sports Blogger

@rundavidmoore

 

Thunder escapes elimination

The Oklahoma City Thunder kept their season alive Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena with a victory in Game 5 of the playoff series with the Utah Jazz. The Thunder found themselves on the doorstep of elimination in the third quarter, trailing 71-46. Russell Westbrook led OKC to a miraculous 25-point comeback to finish the third quarter tied at 78. Their momentum continued in the fourth quarter with an early score. The final quarter was a back-and-forth affair. Paul George applied the dagger 3-point shot to put the Thunder up 105-99 with 2:05 remaining. The victory moves the Thunder a game closer in the series, which stands at 3-2.

Westbrook scores 45

(Keith Allison, Flickr)

Westbrook silenced his critics with a dominant performance against the Jazz. He scored 20 of his 45 in the third quarter. On top of his 45 points, he recorded 15 rebounds and seven assists. Paul George also posted big numbers, scoring 34 points along with grabbing eight rebounds.

Crowder scores career postseason high

Jae Crowder came off the bench for Utah and scored a career-high 27 points. Crowder, along with all Jazz starters, scored in double digits. In his previous four games of the series, he scored a combined 24.

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