NBA Playoffs: Mitchell, Favors Lead Jazz Past Thunder, Even Series With 102-95 Victory


It’s all tied up.

Utah rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 102-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night in Game 2 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Jazz responded after falling in Game 1 on Sunday of the best-of-seven-series by attacking inside and limiting Thunder center Steven Adams to just 22 minutes before fouling out. Adams finished with nine points and seven rebounds.

No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34) vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz (48-34)
Playoff series schedule

Game 1 in OKC: Thunder 116, Jazz 108
Game 2 in OKC: Jazz 102, Thunder 95
Game 3 in Utah: Saturday, April 21, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 in Utah: Monday, April 23, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 in OKC: Wednesday, April 25, TBA
Game 6 in Utah: Friday, April 27, TBA (if necessary)
Game 7 in OKC: Sunday, April 29, TBA (if necessary)

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Utah big men Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert took advantage, combining for 33 points and 31 rebounds. Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz, and Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career.

Down 67-58 midway through the third quarter, the Thunder went on a 19-0 to take a 77-67 lead with just over a minute left in the quarter. However, the Jazz responded with an 18-3 run to reclaim the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz defeat OKC Wednesday night to even the series at one win game apiece.

After setting rookie records during the regular season, Mitchell picked up right where he left off by joining some elite company. His 55 points through his first two playoff games surpassed arguably the best player in NBA history in Michael Jordan.

Russell Westbrook just missed out on a triple-double as he led OKC with 19 points and 13 assists and nine rebounds. Paul George — who scored 36 points in Game 1 — finished with just 18 points on 6-for-21 shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, but made just six-of-18 shots.

Utah outrebounded Oklahoma City 56-46 to take home-court advantage from the Thunder.

Game 3 is Saturday night at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

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