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Jazz even series with Thunder with 102-95 victory in Game 2

20 April 2018

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.

He connected on just 10 of his 25 attempts but made some key baskets down the stretch to seal the victory.

Favors was imposing, posting career playoff highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds and making it hard to picture this team without him as he enters free agency this summer.

Even though he struggled shooting this past game, he did manage to snag 10 rebounds and swat three shots. "I think it just took a couple games, a couple weeks or something to get used to it".

Russell Westbrook also pitched in 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists to go alongside Carmelo Anthony's 15 points and 7 rebounds. George had 18 points on 21 shots, Anthony had 17 points on 18 shots, and Westbrook had 19 points on 19 shots. "Shots are going to fall. Those guys (George and Anthony) are unbelievable scorers, and we have trusted those guys all season long, and we will continue to do that".

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. "I think today I did my job, looking for my teammates but looking for my shot when it was open". Even if I miss, as you saw on the boards, they were right there crashing and getting rebounds.

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Rubio had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half to help the Jazz take a 53-46 halftime lead.

The match-up in the middle between Steven Adams and Rudy Gobert was always expected to be a physical one.

In this game of runs, the Jazz had withstood the Thunder's best punch, and after staggering for five scoreless minutes, regrouped and swung back.

George's 3-point accuracy remained ridiculous in the first half, when he twice was fouled on successful 3-pointers.

When Utah put together a 14-3 run midway through the second quarter to extend its lead to 7, the Thunder was put in a hole it had to dig out of in the third quarter. 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. On the defensive end, it's all about slowing Donovan Mitchell and limiting the damage Utah is doing on the offensive glass/in the paint.

Jazz even series with Thunder with 102-95 victory in Game 2