The Utah Jazz held a 25 point early in the third quarter, and appeared to be coasting to comfortable 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Russell Westbrook had different plans.
After picking up his 4th fourth, Rudy Gobert found his way to bench, and Westbrook found his way to the paint, after 33 second half points, the Jazz and Thunder head back to Utah for game six, in a 3-2 series.
With Carmelo Anthony off the floor for most of the second half, the Thunder relied on Jerami Grant defensively, who allowed the Thunder to switch every screen defensively, and it flustered the Jazz to the tune of just 43 second half points.
The Jazz will now face a near must win game 6 to avoid returning to Oklahoma City for a winner takes all game 7. The good news for the Jazz, they have won their two home games in this series by an average of 15 points, and will likely get a more favorable whistle in game 6. The bad news for the Jazz, it appears the Thunder have found a lineup that can solve the Jazz offense, and Russell Westbrook may have found his offensive groove, regardless of whether Gobert is on the floor or not.
Subscribe to ESPN700's News!
Get the latest sports news, contests and flyaways, and more straight to your inbox with our weekly emails.