OKC - Utah: Paul George releases the big game

OKC - Utah: Paul George releases the big game

Paul George has kept repeating this over the season, giving rendezvous to OKC critics in the playoffs to judge the real value of this team version 2017-2018. Perhaps he was all the more motivated by the performance of his successor in Indiana earlier in the day, still Paul George released the big game for the Game 1 of the series against the Jazz won 116-108 by the Thunder. With 36 points including an impressive 8/11 at 3 points (a record in franchise history), the Oklahoma winger has been very supportive of his conductor Russell Westbrook at the doors of a triple-double that he managed to trivialize for two seasons (29 pts, 13 rbds, 8 wt). Even Carmelo Anthony was there, especially at the beginning of the game, finishing the game with 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Despite all this, the Jazz has done rather well and maintained the pressure long enough in the game. Sanctioned by the fouls, Rudy Gobert missed his team when OKC secured his lead just before the fourth quarter. And for the first game in Playoffs of his career, and despite a foot injury, Donovan Mitchell was the height (27 pts, 10 rbds), which still promises great games between the two teams in this series.
A timely PG
Dominating at the beginning of the match (2-11), the Jazz fell on a big Paul George for this first meeting of the post-season between the two teams. While his training, paralyzed by the stake, was already 12 lengths late after a dunk Gobert on a gold service Derrick Favors (4-16), it is he who completely releases his own slamming a first 3 points in imbalance, then a second, in first intention. In the wake, OKC passes a 10-0 and takes control of a new 3-point signed Anthony this time (25-22).
The machine is launched, and becomes difficult to control. All the more so when Westbrook blew up the Chesapeake Energy Arena on a counterattack tomar after an interception of Melo on Ricky Rubio (40-34). The Jazz remains applied despite everything, like Mitchell and Gobert (4/4 firing to start, 9 pts) whose dunk in transition allows Utah to pick up the score (43-41). Again, it is PG13 who comes to the front line to bend the defense before the rest. Gobert can do nothing against the basket in the OKC winger’s racket which then takes the French pivot to the trap off with his fourth 3-pointer of the evening (56-48 at the break).
Gobert on the bench at the worst moment
While Gobert catches up with the return of the locker room containing Steven Adams with a block on the inside New Zealand which brings a welcome 3 points of Mitchell (51-56), Paul George responds with two missiles from far which hurt a lot. Jazz (62-53). The moment is critical and tension rises between Westbrook and Rubio, who receives a slap discreetly administered by his direct opponent after an unsuccessful Spanish flopping attempt. Gobert, on the other hand, gets caught twice by the patrol, and has to leave his teammates because of a fourth unfortunate personal foul on a rebound duel with Adams. The absence of the defensive leader Quin Snyder is quickly felt, especially when Adams carries the gap to +11 on a clapper (72-61).
Utah loose take
While touching a toe, Mitchell keeps his team in touch by scoring 7 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, but OKC keeps the course thanks to his pair George who concludes the period with a seventh basket 3-point and a step back in the corner at the last second (81-72). The victory comes when Paul George puts an end to his festival behind the bow, imitated soon after by Alex Abrines (92-80). The loose Jazz gradually takes and OKC takes the opportunity to do the show with Westbrook at the premiere and Adams at the finish in the air, or Anthony of a final basket with 3-pointers (109-91). From -18, Utah will finish this first run at -8 with the deep conviction that this Thunder is not infallible.
See you on Wednesday for the second run, still in Oklahoma City.

Thunder / 116
shots
rebounds
players
Low
shots
3pts
LF
off
def
Early
Pd
fte
Int
bp
Ct
pts
Eval
C. Anthony
37
5/13
2/7
3/4
0
7
7
2
2
3
3
2
15
17
C. Brewer
34
2/3
1/1
2/2
2
1
3
1
3
2
1
1
7
12
P. George
38
13/20
8/11
2/2
2
5
7
0
2
1
4
0
36
33
S. Adams
37
4/9
0/0
4/6
4
3
7
3
1
0
0
0
12
15
R. Westbrook
37
10/25
0/4
9/9
1
12
13
8
4
1
5
0
29
31
P. Patterson
8
0/0
0/0
0/0
0
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
J. Grant
14
2/4
0/0
0/0
0
4
4
2
1
1
2
1
4
8
R. Felton
12
1/4
0/1
0/0
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
2
0
A. Abrines
21
4/7
3/5
0/0
0
2
2
0
2
0
1
0
11
9
T. Ferguson
2
0/0
0/0
0/0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Total

41/85
14/29
20/23
9
37
46
16
19
8
17
5
116

Jazz / 108
shots
rebounds
players
Low
shots
3pts
LF
off
def
Early
Pd
fte
Int
bp
Ct
pts
Eval
D. Favors
30
3/7
0/0
1/1
1
4
5
3
1
0
1
2
7
12
J. Ingles
32
5/9
3/5
0/0
1
1
2
1
5
0
2
0
13
10
R. Gobert
35
6/8
0/0
2/6
4
3
7
1
4
0
3
2
14
15
R. Rubio
31
5/18
0/3
3/3
2
5
7
5
2
4
3
1
13
14
D. Mitchell
35
11/22
3/7
2/2
1
9
10
3
1
2
1
1
27
31
J. Crowder
28
3/10
3/9
4/4
0
4
4
2
1
2
1
0
13
13
J. Jerebko
4
0/2
0/1
0/0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
-1
R. O’Neale
20
0/1
0/1
1/2
0
2
2
0
3
2
0
1
1
4
E. Udoh
2
0/0
0/0
0/0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
D. Exum
18
4/6
0/0
2/2
0
1
1
2
1
0
3
0
10
8
R. Neto
2
0/0
0/0
0/0
0
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
A. Burks
2
4/4
2/2
0/0
0
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
10
12
Total

41/87
11/28
15/20
9
33
42
18
21
10
14
7
108

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