Unbelievable Westbrook: 45 points to rescue Oklahoma

Oklahoma City held a three-point lead before George drained a 3-pointer to boost the lead to 105-99 with 2:05 left.

On the other hand, Donovan Mitchell has a different perspective on the choking at the Chesapeake, one that has less to do with miracles on the part of the Thunder and more to do with Jazz mistakes. Toronto has to get back to what worked early in the season tonight and I like him to really perform well. For Game 6, we project him to tally 52.5 FD points against the Jazz. Check back every night if you missed any National Basketball Association action and come back tomorrow for more National Basketball Association playoff fun.

They pulled away from the Timberwolves in the thrid quarter led by Clint Capela's 26 points and James Harden's 24 points. But what about Carmelo Anthony?

The media will certainly be in full "Maybe This Will Spark the Thunder" mode after the awesome OKC rally in Game 5. Then came an epic back-and-forth between the two clubs with OKC coming out on top 107-99 to force a Game 6. He carried the Thunder, recording 45 points, seven assists, and 15 rebounds. "We will watch the film and figure out what went wrong, but from my analysis right after the game, we just stopped getting back in transition and they just fed off of that".

James blocked Victor Oladipo's lay-up - a play the Pacers argued was goaltending - then grabbed an inbounds pass and hit the game winner. And now, as both teams enter pivotal Game 5s on their home courts Wednesday night, they'll be without key pieces as they try to move within one victory of advancing.

Game 5 will be played on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, where the Jazz, holding a 3-1 lead, have a chance to close the series out.

Westbrook and the Thunder have tried to throw Rubio off his game, maybe to a fault. The Thunder blitzed Utah's ball handlers aggressively on pick-and-rolls and helped too far off the shooters in the corners. There's also an undeniable momentum and energy following the Thunder after a game like that, which, with some luck, will lead to a quick start tomorrow night in Salt Lake City. It only got worse from there for Minny, as Houston coasted to a 122-104 win behind a team effort. Game, set, series for Utah ... until it wasn't.

But look at how the Jazz handled Abrines in Game 5 - rather than sticking with their offense, they tried to seek out whomever Abrines was guarding.

Whether the series ends tomorrow or returns to The 'Peake for Game 7 on Sunday, the Thunder again showed a tiny glimpse of what's possible when things are working.

And perhaps most excitingly, Mitchell will want to live up to the blunt words he spoke to the crowd in OKC.

With Gobert spending so much time on the bench due to foul trouble, the Thunder ended up leading the Jazz in points in the paint (44 to 32).

  • Julie Sanders