Thunder-Jazz Game 5: By the Numbers

Thunder-Jazz Game 5: By the Numbers

OKC's 107-99 game five win not only staved off elimination but may have dented the growing swagger of a young Jazz side that fell to pieces midway through the third quarter. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the second hal.

Oklahoma City took advantage after Utah's post players, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, got into foul trouble.

There is only one match on Friday, where the Boston Celtics will be looking to close out their series with the Milwaukee Bucks, where they lead 3-2. Westbrook scored 20 points in the third quarter, as the Thunder used a 22-3 burst to erase a 25-point deficit in just eight minutes of action.

Swish - and the Oklahoma City lead was up to five, 96-91. Anthony, Westbrook, and Paul George are touted as the Big Three in Oklahoma.

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Clint Capela collected 26 points and 15 rebounds while James Harden unloaded 24 points to power the Rockets, who leaned on a strong third quarter.

"We can sit here and be upset in that locker, or we can go and watch it and fix what we've done all series", said Joe Ingles, who score 16 points. Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists in Game 6. If not, Mitchell will return to OKC for Game 7 on Sunday.

Houston will now play the victor of the Utah-Oklahoma City series, which the Jazz now lead 3-2.

"When I get that confidence from my teammates there is no limit to what I can do", said Harden.

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Jazz: Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to take a 34-29 lead.

3-pointers in the second half by the Thunder, who only had two at halftime. Mitchell made all four free throws, and Utah led 56-41 at the break.

The Jazz made 13 3-pointers, with Crowder (6-for-14) and Ingles (4-for-9) leading the way. Rubio finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. George made a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.

"Regardless of what is going on in the game, you have to give yourself a chance to win, and I thought our guys did a good job of that tonight", Westbrook said.

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The victor of the series, whoever it ends up being, will face the first-seed Houston Rockets in the semifinals, after they completed a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of the four other games on Thursday, winning 122-104.

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