SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points and collected seven rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 113-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. The Jazz are now up 3-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series with the Thunder.
After winning the series opener, the Thunder have struggled to slow down the Jazz, and Utah's star rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, in particular. Paul George finished with 32 on 9-of-21, but with Carmelo Anthony hitting just 5-of-18, including 0-of-6 from 3, and with the Thunder unable to produce consistent stops, that wasn't cutting it.
Speaking to ESPN, the Oklahoma City Thunder star opened up about his often hilarious antics, making him renowned as one of the biggest characters now operating in the National Basketball Association. They held onto the lead for much of the second quarter until Utah finally woke up on offense. Ingles fueled the surge by hitting three straight 3-pointers to put Utah in front 58-52 before halftime. Even when the looks have been clean - like they were for Carmelo Anthony - they aren't going down.
Both teams talked beforehand about the game getting more physical, which it did from the start with more than the usual pushing and shoving going on.More news: Syrian military hits Daesh in Damascus
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Rubio has been having an absolutely sensational series against the Thunder. Oklahoma City totaled one assist in the third quarter and finished with 10 for the game.
Four technical fouls were whistled in the first half alone - two on each side - as the officials tried to keep a lid on things before they got out of hand. He's also, notably, shooting 35 percent from 3-point range - which is roughly on par for his season average (and his career best).