Paul George silences critics with monstrous performance

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Joe Ingles only scored three points in the Utah Jazz's National Basketball Association playoff series-levelling 102-95 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but his teammates were full of praise for their Australian forward.

Through the first two games of the series, the Thunder have shot 44.0 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the 3-point region.

Mitchell suffered a left foot bruise in Game 1.

Will OKC's Paul George play?

Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds and four steals for the Thunder. "I just took what the game gave me".

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They could not guard Utah's star rookie, Donovan Mitchell, who went for 13 points during the period. Mitchell said center Rudy Gobert told him to quit settling for jumpers.

The Thunder went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter and appeared set to cruise to victory, but the Jazz steeled themselves and responded with a 35-18 run.

Russell Westbrook also pitched in 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists to go alongside Carmelo Anthony's 15 points and 7 rebounds.

"I expect these two, three days in between going to Utah, I should be back to 100", George said afterward. "We just didn't score enough points". Utah won, 102-95, and Mitchell now has 55 points in his young playoff career. OKC turned the ball over nine times in the opening quarter but trailed just 26-25 behind 10 points by Westbrook.

"I think our team stayed together, and there was a timeout when there was just a determination, and I think we felt we just needed to rely on our defense and that's what we did", said Jazz coach Quin Snyder.

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"Miscommunication down on the defensive end at times led to (Utah's) offensive rebounds", Anthony said.

So this looks like a long series in the making, with Game 3 booked Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

While you cannot expect Paul George to light the nets on fire, and hold his opponent to just 13-points throughout the entirety of the playoffs, however the "drop off" from Sunday's performance will not be that drastic.

A missed 3-pointer from Thunder forward Jerami Grant should not have been so significant.

If they are to do so, though, it will be vital that they make some adjustments as well as have some key aspects go in their favor, beginning first and foremost with shutting down Oklahoma City's hero in Game 1 - Paul George. They were outscored 33-21 in the third quarter before bouncing back in the fourth. It's not bad. It's just part of the game, mate.

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