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Mitchell lifts Jazz past Thunder 102-95 to even series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It wasn't even clear until an hour before the game if Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell was going to play in Game 2 against Oklahoma City.

The Thunder probably wish he hadn't.

Mitchell, who played with a bruised left foot, scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz defeat Oklahoma City 102-95 and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.

''I think if he was feeling something, he didn't show it and he played through it,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Derrick Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz, and Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career.

Mitchell did his damage attacking the basket. He missed all seven of his 3-pointers, but made 10 of 18 from inside the arc and eight of nine free throws. Mitchell said center Rudy Gobert told him to quit settling for jumpers.

''He let me know I went 0 of 7 from 3 and I'm letting guys off the hook,'' Mitchell said. ''We've got to keep applying pressure and getting to the rim.''

Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, but made just six of 18 shots.

''We just have to be aggressive,'' Westbrook said. ''We miss and make shots. Shots are going to fall. Those guys (George and Anthony) are unbelievable scorers, and we have trusted those guys all season long, and we will continue to do that.''

Gobert added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who outrebounded Oklahoma City 56-46 to seize home-court advantage from the Thunder. Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah.

Oklahoma City had two chances in the final minute to trim Utah's lead with the Jazz leading 99-95, but Anthony missed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

''I thought we had some good shots,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''I think the entire game, we could have executed better.''

Utah led 53-46 at halftime behind 12 points from Rubio and 10 points and eight rebounds from Favors. Oklahoma City made just nine of 25 shots inside the 3-point line in the first half. George led the Thunder with 11 points at the break.

Thunder center Steven Adams picked up his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the third quarter and the Thunder down 65-58, yet Oklahoma City responded with a run. George's 3-pointer put the Thunder up 69-67. Oklahoma City closed the quarter on a 21-9 run to take a 79-74 lead. The Thunder held the Jazz to 7 for 23 shooting in the third quarter before Mitchell took over in the fourth.

''Miscommunication down on the defensive end at times led to (Utah's) offensive rebounds,'' Anthony said. ''Things that we can correct, things that we need to correct, things that we will correct on the next game. We threw the first punch. They punched us back tonight, and now, we've got to go on the road and get a win at their place, and that's the mindset.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: George played through a bruised right hip. He was limited in practice Tuesday. ... Japanese artist and Thunder fan Nanae Yamano attended the game. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players. ... Adams fouled out with 2:48 to play. He finished with nine points and seven rebounds. ... F Jerami Grant scored 13 points.

Jazz: Utah opened the game with a 9-0 lead. ... Favors had nine points and seven rebounds in the first quarter. ... Jonas Jerebko scored 10 points in 12:46 as a reserve.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Westbrook, George and Anthony combined to miss all 14 field goals in the fourth quarter and score just two points.

''I don't know,'' Anthony said. ''We missed. We all missed. I don't really have an answer to what happened or an excuse to why we didn't make shots. We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter.''

CONDOLENCES FOR POPOVICH

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, died Wednesday. Snyder coached the Spurs' G-League team, the Austin Toros, from 2007-2010.

''We know what coach Pop has meant to us, and we just want to offer our condolences for his loss,'' Snyder said.

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Saturday at Utah.

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Key Players
D. Mitchell
45 SG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
25.4 Pts. Per Game 25.4
10.3 Ast. Per Game 10.3
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
43.6 Field Goal % 44.8
43.5 Three Point % 44.9
80.7 Free Throw % 73.7
  Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles 0:03
  Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Ricky Rubio made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
  Team rebound 0:10
  Ricky Rubio missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Paul George 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell 0:12
  Paul George missed jump shot, blocked by Rudy Gobert 0:15
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:21
Team Stats
Points 102 95
Field Goals 35-84 (41.7%) 36-90 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 11-35 (31.4%)
Free Throws 23-33 (69.7%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 65 54
Offensive 15 10
Defensive 41 36
Team 9 8
Assists 22 22
Steals 9 11
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 14 13
Fouls 19 25
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
19 PTS, 9 REB, 13 AST
1234T
away team logo Jazz 1-1 26272128102
home team logo Thunder 1-1 2521331695
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 1-1 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Thunder 1-1 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
D. Mitchell SG 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.7 APG 43.7 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Mitchell SG 28 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
R. Westbrook PG 19 PTS 9 REB 13 AST
41.7 FG% 40.0
31.0 3PT FG% 31.4
69.7 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 42 28 6 2 1 0 4 1 10/25 0/7 8/9 0 6 35 +4
R. Rubio 35 22 7 9 1 0 3 4 6/16 5/8 5/6 0 7 45 +3
D. Favors 37 20 16 3 1 0 1 2 8/14 2/3 2/4 8 8 42 +14
R. Gobert 33 13 15 3 2 3 3 2 3/5 0/0 7/12 5 10 36 -5
J. Ingles 33 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 8 +21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 42 28 6 2 1 0 4 1 10/25 0/7 8/9 0 6 35 +4
R. Rubio 35 22 7 9 1 0 3 4 6/16 5/8 5/6 0 7 45 +3
D. Favors 37 20 16 3 1 0 1 2 8/14 2/3 2/4 8 8 42 +14
R. Gobert 33 13 15 3 2 3 3 2 3/5 0/0 7/12 5 10 36 -5
J. Ingles 33 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 8 +21
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jerebko 12 10 5 0 0 0 0 2 5/9 0/2 0/0 1 4 15 +19
R. O'Neale 13 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 3 6 -11
D. Exum 12 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 +4
J. Crowder 19 1 1 2 3 0 1 5 0/3 0/3 1/2 0 1 8 -14
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Burks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stockton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 102 56 22 9 3 14 19 35/84 9/29 23/33 15 41 200 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 37 19 9 13 4 0 3 4 7/19 2/3 3/4 1 8 55 -5
P. George 43 18 10 1 0 3 3 2 6/21 4/12 2/4 0 10 30 -8
C. Anthony 37 17 9 0 1 0 1 3 6/18 2/9 3/4 0 9 26 +4
C. Brewer 28 11 1 2 3 1 0 2 4/8 1/3 2/2 0 1 20 +9
S. Adams 22 9 7 1 1 0 2 6 4/5 0/0 1/2 5 2 17 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 37 19 9 13 4 0 3 4 7/19 2/3 3/4 1 8 55 -5
P. George 43 18 10 1 0 3 3 2 6/21 4/12 2/4 0 10 30 -8
C. Anthony 37 17 9 0 1 0 1 3 6/18 2/9 3/4 0 9 26 +4
C. Brewer 28 11 1 2 3 1 0 2 4/8 1/3 2/2 0 1 20 +9
S. Adams 22 9 7 1 1 0 2 6 4/5 0/0 1/2 5 2 17 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 30 13 6 1 0 0 3 3 6/10 0/2 1/2 3 3 18 +1
R. Felton 15 8 2 3 2 0 1 1 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 2 17 -9
P. Patterson 10 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 4 -11
A. Abrines 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -6
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huestis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 95 46 22 11 4 13 25 36/90 11/35 12/18 10 36 187 -35