Donovan Mitchell tops an impressive playoff record held by Michael Jordan

Paul George

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell caught the ball off an inbounds pass from Ricky Rubio then drove to the hoop against All-Star forward Paul George before spinning to his right for a six-foot floater with 1:33 remaining in regulation. The Jazz's defense had a lot to do with an OKC collapse that will be remembered for the way Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony went a combined 0 for 14 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Steven Adams, who battled foul trouble all game, finished with just nine points on four of five shooting. He had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the opener after averaging 20.5 points in the regular season. Rubio had a good fantasy night in Game 1 putting up around 40 fantasy points. Paul George added 18 points and 10 rebounds. That's inarguable, considering this is his first opportunity in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

This matchup will now switch to Salt Lake City for game three on Saturday night in front of what will be a boisterous crowd at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Perhaps the most telling sign of the injury was his ineffectiveness when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter.

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

"We've just got to be aggressive, miss and make shots", Westbrook said.

Star players' availability/effectiveness - The availability of both Mitchell and George is crucial for both teams.

The Oklahoma City Thunder brought the thunder in Game 1 against the Utah Jazz with an impressive 116-108 win. The Thunder were still getting buckets because Playoff P and Westbrook are just great scorers, but it wasn't almost as efficient as it had been.

"The biggest thing for us, Derrick Favors played his ass off", Mitchell said after the game. The Thunder held the Jazz to 7 for 23 shooting in the third quarter before Mitchell took over in the fourth.

Having won the first game, the Thunder looked likely to go up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2013, but a cold fourth quarter cost them.

The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma City had two chances in the final minute to trim Utah's lead with the Jazz leading 99-95, but Anthony missed three-pointers on back-to-back possessions. Coming in, everyone in the Thunder locker room knew this Jazz team was serious, and expected adversity in the series.

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