OKLAHOMA CITY - Thunder forward Paul George and Utah guard Donovan Mitchell, the leading scorers for their respective teams in their first-round playoff series, are questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday because of injuries.
James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed Houston to outlast Minnesota in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.
Earlier in the day, Adams talked about how he was personally concerned with the Thunder giving away too many points in the paint in Game 1. He had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the opener after averaging 20.5 points in the regular season.
"He came in and said, "Hey, we've got another game to play" and I think that is a testament to his leadership and character", Mitchell said. The score didn't reflect a massive deficit, but the opportunity cost to the Thunder of not having a solid lead at that point proved to be pivotal. "I think the entire game, we could have executed better".
Rookie Donovan Mitchell added a game high 28.
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The Knights were quite impressive in their first-round series, disposing of the Kings by winning four straight one-goal games. Subban (NSH), Forward Patrik Laine (WPG), Forward Blake Wheeler (WPG), Anze Kopitar (LAK), and Forward Filip Forsberg (NSH).
"We needed this win", Favors said during a postgame interview with AT&T SportsNet.
Once the Jazz eliminated the Thunder's fast break scoring they were able to lock in and make life tough for Westbrook and co. Sports tweeted this interesting Ricky Rubio-themed tidbit about the Wolves, who lost their own Game 2 to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries. Oklahoma City made just nine of 25 shots inside the 3-point line in the first half.
Jazz adjustments - Jazz coach Quin Snyder is a good tactician, and he'll have his work cut out for him making adjustments after Game 1. Rubio's 3-pointer made it 85-80 with 8:47 remaining before the Thunder recovered to tie it at 87 on Steven Adams' inside basket with 6:54 left. On the defensive end, it's all about slowing Donovan Mitchell and limiting the damage Utah is doing on the offensive glass/in the paint. Game three is on Saturday. Oklahoma City led 54-48 at halftime behind 20 points from George and 14 from Westbrook. They were outscored 33-21 in the third quarter before bouncing back in the fourth.
"I've got to keep applying pressuring, getting to the rim and even if I miss, as you saw on the boards, they were right there crashing and getting rebounds", he added. I don't really have an answer to what happened or an excuse to why we didn't make shots.