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Westbrook scores 45; Thunder beat Jazz to avoid elimination

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook unleashed the same fury he had in Game 4, just a little more efficiently this time.

Westbrook was controlled, and he was too much for Utah. Silent and serious, the reigning league MVP scored 33 of his 45 points in the second half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 25 points down to fight off elimination and beat the Jazz 107-99 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

''It was win or go home,'' Westbrook said. ''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. They did an amazing job of sticking together.''

Westbrook got sidetracked during Monday's Game 4 by a one-on-one matchup with Ricky Rubio. He was in foul trouble for much of Oklahoma City's loss and was later fined $10,000 and assessed a technical for an altercation late in that game.

With Oklahoma City trailing 3-1 in the series, he focused up in Game 5 and helped keep the season alive. He made 5 of 16 shots in the first half, then 12 of 23 in the second.

Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists. Paul George added 34 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who forced a Game 6 in Salt Lake City on Friday.

''We stopped playing defense,'' Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said. ''We stopped getting back. Our offense got stagnant. They made adjustments and we didn't make the right adjustments back. We will watch the film and figure out what went wrong, but from my analysis right after the game, we just stopped getting back in transition and they just fed off of that.''

Jae Crowder scored a career playoff-high 27 points, Mitchell had 23 and Joe Ingles added 16 for the Jazz, who still have a 3-2 lead in the series.

They realize it probably should already be over.

''We need to do a better job,'' Rubio said. ''Of course, you have to give them credit. They made a lot of shots. They took their pride and forced a Game 6. But we are going home and we've got to be strong and be confident.''

Oklahoma City took advantage after Utah's post players, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, got into foul trouble. Both finished with five fouls, and Oklahoma City was able to get to the basket consistently for the first time in the series.

Gobert's absence, in particular, caused problems.

''It's a different feeling when you don't have big fella back there,'' Mitchell said. ''It's hard that we put all the pressure on him. We have had success but eventually it's not going to work and we have to play better defense as guards ourselves.''

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.

Westbrook made back-to-back 3-pointers, then after a 3-point play by George, Westbrook made a jumper and a layup to cut Utah's lead to 73-60 and bring energy back into the arena.

Gobert picked up his fifth foul with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Westbrook's 3-pointer tied the game at 78 heading into the fourth quarter. He scored 20 points in the third.

Westbrook scored immediately at the start of the fourth to finally put the Thunder in front. 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.

''We just never quit,'' George said. ''We never quit. I can't pinpoint one thing we did wrong. We just never got down on ourselves, regardless of the lead they built and the shots they were making. We could surge back and we did.''

TIP-INS

Jazz: Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to take a 34-29 lead. ... Crowder scored 15 points in the first quarter. ... Mitchell was fouled on a 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds left in the first half. Before Mitchell shot his free throws, Thunder coach Billy Donovan was called for a technical. Mitchell made all four free throws, and Utah led 56-41 at the break. ... Rubio finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Thunder: Former Thunder forward Enes Kanter, who was sent to New York in the deal that brought Anthony to Oklahoma City, attended the game. Kanter played for Utah before playing for the Thunder. ... George made a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.

STAT LINES

Westbrook had only scored 36 points in the second half of the first four games combined before unleashing 33 in Game 5.

''Just staying aggressive,'' Westbrook said. ''Just trying to pick my spots, the same shots I've been getting. I've just got to concentrate on making them.''

MISSING IN ACTION

Carmelo Anthony scored just seven points on 2-for-6 shooting and played just 26 minutes. When he subbed out in the third quarter, the Thunder trailed 71-53. By the time he subbed back in, Oklahoma City led 88-87.

QUOTABLE

George on not resting in the second half: ''What were we going to rest for? We wanted this game tonight. We needed this game tonight. We were just going to give it everything we had.''

UP NEXT

Game 6 is Friday in Salt Lake City.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
11:45   Paul George missed driving layup, blocked by Derrick Favors  
11:26   Derrick Favors missed jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
11:11   Carmelo Anthony missed jump shot  
11:07   Team rebound  
11:07   Personal foul on Corey Brewer  
10:47   Rudy Gobert missed hook shot  
10:44   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
10:44   Rudy Gobert missed dunk  
10:42   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
10:41   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
10:21   Steven Adams missed jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
10:05   Rudy Gobert missed floating jump shot  
10:02   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
9:49 +2 Paul George made driving layup 0-2
9:49   Shooting foul on Donovan Mitchell  
9:49 +1 Paul George made free throw 0-3
9:39 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk, assist by Ricky Rubio 2-3
9:27   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
9:11   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell, stolen by Carmelo Anthony  
9:02   Personal foul on Derrick Favors  
8:52   Carmelo Anthony missed driving layup  
8:50   Team rebound  
8:33 +2 Ricky Rubio made jump shot 4-3
8:09   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:07   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
7:53   Bad pass turnover on Ricky Rubio, stolen by Carmelo Anthony  
7:51   Shooting foul on Ricky Rubio  
7:51 +1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 4-4
7:51 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-5
7:41   Ricky Rubio missed floating jump shot  
7:38   Offensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
7:38 +2 Derrick Favors made dunk 6-5
7:24 +2 Carmelo Anthony made driving layup 6-7
7:04   Bad pass turnover on Derrick Favors, stolen by Steven Adams  
6:59   Russell Westbrook missed layup  
6:56   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
6:51   Bad pass turnover on Rudy Gobert, stolen by Steven Adams  
6:49   Personal foul on Jae Crowder  
6:40 +2 Steven Adams made alley-oop shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 6-9
6:25   Shooting foul on Jerami Grant  
6:25 +1 Derrick Favors made 1st of 2 free throws 7-9
6:25 +1 Derrick Favors made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-9
6:11   Paul George missed jump shot  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
5:49 +2 Donovan Mitchell made jump shot 10-9
5:35 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 10-11
5:18   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
5:07   Shooting foul on Jae Crowder  
5:07 +1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 10-12
5:07 +1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-13
4:57   Ricky Rubio missed floating jump shot  
4:55   Defensive rebound by Corey Brewer  
4:50   Personal foul on Ricky Rubio  
4:50   Josh Huestis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:50   Team rebound  
4:50 +1 Josh Huestis made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-14
4:38 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rudy Gobert 13-14
4:26 +3 Corey Brewer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 13-17
4:07 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Royce O'Neale 16-17
3:51   Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Jae Crowder  
3:47 +2 Jae Crowder made layup, assist by Joe Ingles 18-17
3:34   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
3:28   Shooting foul on Josh Huestis  
3:28   Team rebound  
3:28   Jae Crowder missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:28 +1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-17
3:19   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
3:17   Team rebound  
3:17   Traveling violation turnover on Russell Westbrook  
3:02 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jae Crowder 22-17
2:41 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 22-19
2:27 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 25-19
2:14   Paul George missed driving layup  
2:12   Offensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
2:12 +2 Jerami Grant made dunk 25-21
1:51 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jae Crowder 28-21
1:28   Shooting foul on Derrick Favors  
1:28   Team rebound  
1:28   Paul George missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:28 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-22
1:17 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Ingles 31-22
1:05   Carmelo Anthony missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:01   Offensive rebound by Paul George  
0:52 +2 Paul George made jump shot, assist by Raymond Felton 31-24
0:34   Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:31   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
0:20 +2 Raymond Felton made floating jump shot 31-26
0:05 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot 34-26
0:00 +3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot 34-29
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:53   Personal foul on Raymond Felton  
11:46   Bad pass turnover on Derrick Favors, stolen by Alex Abrines  
11:41   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
11:19   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Raymond Felton  
11:13   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
11:01   Out of bounds turnover on Raymond Felton  
10:41   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Alex Abrines  
10:31   Out of bounds turnover on Paul George  
10:22   Personal foul on Paul George  
10:09 +2 Derrick Favors made layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 36-29
9:43   Raymond Felton missed jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
9:28   Shooting foul on Carmelo Anthony  
9:28   Team rebound  
9:28   Derrick Favors missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:28 +1 Derrick Favors made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-29
9:03   Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:02   Team rebound  
9:04   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
8:49   Personal foul on Paul George  
8:38   Ricky Rubio missed jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
8:25   Russell Westbrook missed hook shot  
8:24   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
8:24   Personal foul on Russell Westbrook  
8:24 +1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 38-29
8:24 +1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-29
8:08   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
7:55   Out of bounds turnover on Joe Ingles  
7:51   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
7:44 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot 39-31
7:31   Out of bounds turnover on Royce O'Neale  
7:20   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
7:06   Out of bounds turnover on Ricky Rubio  
6:53   Steven Adams missed hook shot  
6:51   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
6:38 +2 Donovan Mitchell made jump shot 41-31
6:24 +2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 41-33
6:04   Rudy Gobert missed hook shot, blocked by Josh Huestis  
6:04   Team rebound  
5:58   Jae Crowder missed jump shot  
5:54   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
5:43   Donovan Mitchell missed driving layup  
5:41   Defensive rebound by Steven Adams  
5:35   Josh Huestis missed layup  
5:35   Team rebound  
5:32 +2 Russell Westbrook made jump shot, assist by Corey Brewer 41-35
5:04 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 44-35
4:50   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
4:44   Shooting foul on Patrick Patterson  
4:44 +1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 45-35
4:44 +1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-35
4:34 +2 Paul George made floating jump shot 46-37
4:16   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:13   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
4:06   Bad pass turnover on Paul George, stolen by Donovan Mitchell  
4:02 +2 Joe Ingles made dunk, assist by Jae Crowder 48-37
3:51   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
3:37   Shooting foul on Patrick Patterson  
3:37 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 49-37
3:37 +1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-37
3:29   Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Donovan Mitchell  
3:23 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk, assist by Ricky Rubio 52-37
3:08   Carmelo Anthony missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
2:55   Offensive foul on Rudy Gobert  
2:55   Offensive foul on Rudy Gobert  
2:44   Steven Adams missed layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
2:43   Offensive rebound by Steven Adams  
2:39 +2 Corey Brewer made driving layup 52-39
2:18   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:16   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
2:13   Personal foul on Rudy Gobert  
2:05   Corey Brewer missed layup  
2:03   Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
1:59   Ricky Rubio missed layup  
1:57   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
1:57   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
1:52   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
1:27   Joe Ingles missed jump shot  
1:25   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
1:16   Steven Adams missed layup, blocked by Donovan Mitchell  
1:14   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
1:09   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:06   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
0:54   Corey Brewer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:49   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
0:46   Personal foul on Paul George  
0:46   Ricky Rubio missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:46   Team rebound  
0:46   Ricky Rubio missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:44   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
0:33 +2 Carmelo Anthony made jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 52-41
0:11   Shooting foul on Alex Abrines  
0:11   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:11 +1 Donovan Mitchell made free throw 53-41
0:11 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 1st of 3 free throws 54-41
0:11 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 3 free throws 55-41
0:11 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 3rd of 3 free throws 56-41
0:04   Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40 +2 Donovan Mitchell made floating jump shot 58-41
11:26   Russell Westbrook missed driving layup  
11:25   Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
11:20   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:19   Rudy Gobert missed dunk  
11:19   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
11:15   Offensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
11:15   Out of bounds turnover on Ricky Rubio  
11:03   Shooting foul on Rudy Gobert  
11:03   Carmelo Anthony missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:03   Team rebound  
11:03 +1 Carmelo Anthony made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-42
10:52   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
10:45   Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Rudy Gobert  
10:38 +3 Ricky Rubio made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Ingles 61-42
10:21   Russell Westbrook missed reverse layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
10:20   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
10:15 +3 Donovan Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 64-42
9:54   Russell Westbrook missed jump shot  
9:52   Offensive rebound by Russell Westbrook  
9:51   Shooting foul on Ricky Rubio  
9:51 +1 Steven Adams made 1st of 2 free throws 64-43
9:51 +1 Steven Adams made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-44
9:36   Shooting foul on Corey Brewer  
9:36 +1 Derrick Favors made 1st of 2 free throws 65-44
9:36   Derrick Favors missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Paul George  
9:23   Shooting foul on Rudy Gobert  
9:23 +1 Carmelo Anthony made 1st of 2 free throws 65-45
9:23 +1 Carmelo Anthony made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-46
9:17   Personal foul on Russell Westbrook  
9:09 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 68-46
8:51   Paul George missed jump shot  
8:48   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
8:34 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 71-46
8:21   Shooting foul on Derrick Favors  
8:21   Paul George missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:21   Team rebound  
8:21 +1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 71-47
8:12   Personal foul on Corey Brewer  
8:02   Out of bounds turnover on Derrick Favors  
7:51