The Jazz bested the Thunder in game three of the NBA Playoffs and Ricky Rubio got the best of Russell Westbrook. Socially awkward, at best. "And our defense, we felt it was solid enough to give us the opportunity to get some more looks".
"I think that's what makes me weird is that I am normal".
For a second straight game, a late second-quarter surge by Utah carried over into the second half and it allowed the Jazz to pull away for a 113-96 victory Monday night. Utah went up 87-68 when Mitchell drained a jumper and then fed Ingles for a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.
As the Twitter world was quick to point out, Romney's No. 5 jersey was the same number Rodney Hood, who is now with the Cavs, wore with the Jazz.
Both teams talked beforehand about the game getting more physical, which it did from the start with more than the usual pushing and shoving going on. The 21-year-old National Basketball Association freshman also hauled down seven rebounds and dished off four assists with one shot block in another impressive all-around performance. "We're not backing down, but at the same time, we have to be ready for a fight and respond".
Westbrook was called for a foul on the play, while Crowder received a tech and was ejected. Anthony went just 5 of 18 from the field. Game 5 is Wednesday in Oklahoma City, but the Thunder will take the floor having talked tough but returning home red-faced with their season on the line. They did so by making sure to contest nearly every Oklahoma City jumper. Utah forced 15 turnovers. Undrafted player Royce O'Neale contributed 10 points and nine boards coming off the bench.
After proclaiming following Game 3 that he was going to shut Rubio down, Westbrook came out ready to back it up, picking Rubio up full-court, scrambling back to get in a deep defensive stance and clapping at him as they lined up to go one-on-one. In the end, Rubio shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with two fewer assists (eight) than the Thunder tallied as a team. "Let's get past that". Mitchell is the first rookie to have a 30-point playoff game since Brandon Jennings did it in 2010.
"It's definitely an honor to have a record like that", Mitchell said.