Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Westbrook scores 45 as Thunder stay alive vs. Jazz

Westbrook scores 45 as Thunder stay alive vs. Jazz

The Oklahoma City Thunder have produced the third greatest comeback in National Basketball Association playoff history in running down a 25-point Utah Jazz lead.

Houston will now play the victor of the Utah-Oklahoma City series, which the Jazz now lead 3-2. Anthony, Westbrook, and Paul George are touted as the Big Three in Oklahoma.

Utah opened the second half on an 8-1 run to go up 64-42, and Crowder's 3-pointer made it 71-46 with 8:34 left in the third quarter. After being outscored by 15 points in the third quarter, in tied the game with under 30 seconds remaining, but were unable to finish the comeback.

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Trailing by 15 points at half-time and 25 in the final quarter, Oklahoma City outscored Utah by 23 points in the second half to win 107-99 on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder emerged from the jaws of defeat and elimination, pulling off a huge second-half rally to deny the Utah Jazz in game five of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Westbrook hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then made a layup with 5:07 left in the third quarter to cut Utah's lead to 73-60. Advanced statistics culled from the National Basketball Association reveal that the Thunder forward is shooting just 27.3 percent from the 3-point distance despite having a defender away from him by six or more feet. They are being outmatched by the Jazz, who have no big names on their roster. Back-to-back 3s by Westbrook and Alex Abrines put Oklahoma City up 96-91, and a jumper by Westbrook with 1:24 left put Oklahoma City up 107-99.

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The Jazz came out of halftime on fire, with Mitchell opening the third quarter with a fancy left-handed scoop shot in the lane.

Harden finished with 24 points and 12 assists, and Eric Gordon had 19 off the bench in the win. Seven technicals were called in the last game. "A lot of what went on in that third quarter was because of him".

In Cleveland, the victory gave the Cavs a 3-2 lead in the best-of seven Eastern Conference series, which they'll try to finish off on Friday in Indianapolis.

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