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. Paul George added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Ingles was disappointing by his standards, putting up 13 points, two rebounds, and an assist in his 31 minutes; with a smothering George making life hard for him.
"There was just a point where I stopped being aggressive, "Mitchell said, per ESPN's Royce Young". Will Utah's star rookie Donovan Mitchell be healthy enough to go? Mitchell said center Rudy Gobert told him to quit settling for jumpers.
During the 72 hours between Oklahoma City's Game 1 victory and the tipoff of Game 2, a few issues questions issues were debated and wondered about. But in the fourth quarter, Westbrook, George and Anthony combined to shoot 0-for-14 from the field, a very unlikely event to be repeated.More news: Popovich won't coach Game 3 after wife's death
George slowed as the game continued and went 0 of 6 during the fourth quarter, finishing with 18 points on 6 of 21 shooting. Anthony scored 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting and missed all four of his fourth-quarter attempts, including a couple of questionable 3-pointers over the final two minutes.
They finished the game with 15 transition points, a lot of which came in the third quarter - which was the Thunder's highest-scoring period.
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.
To say that all three players simply did not have it in this game would be to gravely undervalue the terrific defense by Utah.
Paul George set two franchise records last night and collected 20-points before the break. Oklahoma City made just nine of 25 shots inside the 3-point line in the first half. F Jerami Grant scored 13 points. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout. The Jazz had the Thunder under pressure, building back up to that previously attained 9-point lead, at 67-58 midway through the third quarter. It had been a balanced, not terribly efficient night to begin with, as the Thunder attempted 19 non-paint two's and shot just 40 percent for the game. "Donovan, obviously, his aggressiveness on the offensive end fueled us there".