And only like that, it’s over.
Facing a must-win unfolding on a highway tonight in Salt Lake City, a Thunder came adult brief in a season’s defining moment. Despite 46 points and 10 rebounds from Russell Westbrook, the Jazz mutilated a OKC offense and did adequate to finish a array with a 96-91 Game 6 victory.
The initial half was unspectacular in about each way, as both offenses struggled to get shots to fall. The Thunder led 22-18 after a initial entertain and hold a 39-31 advantage with 2:26 to go in a half. With Utah incompetent to find any arrange of stroke after losing Ricky Rubio to damage early on, a diversion was accessible for a holding for OKC. However, a Jazz finished a second entertain on a 10-2 run, promulgation a teams into a mangle with a 41-41 tie. Massive event missed for a Thunder, as Utah shot only 39 percent in a initial 24 minutes.
The wheels started jolt off in a third quarter, with Utah sprinting out to a 5-0 start behind a rejuvenated Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz pushed a lead to 12 during a 4:51 mark, as a rookie and Westbrook had themselves an old-fashioned duel. Though Westbrook scored 17 points on 7-of-15 sharpened in a frame, it was a Jazz that enjoyed a many group success. Mitchell scored 22 points on 8-of-10 sharpened in a third, assisting a Jazz open adult a 78-70 advantage with one entertain remaining. Utah shot 15-of-22 (68 percent), outscoring a Thunder 37-29.
With a deteriorate unresolved in a balance, Westbrook and Co. had one final pull left in a tank. Despite trailing by 13 with only underneath 8 mins to go, a Thunder hung around and embellished a necessity to 7 with 4:17 remaining. A Westbrook three-pointer brought OKC within one with only 1:28 left on a clock. A Derrick Favors midrange jumper put a Jazz adult 94-91 on a subsequent Utah possession, afterwards things went totally haywire for a Thunder offense.
Inbounding a round down 3 with a notation to go, Westbrook missed a pushing layup on a other end. After a Steven Adams descent miscarry kept wish alive, Paul George misfired on a three-point try — that Westbrook gobbled adult on a descent potion before blank a three-pointer of his own. The round ricocheted off a edge and out of bounds, appearing to have final been overwhelmed by a Thunder player. However, after an central review, possession was awarded to OKC with 38 seconds to go.
After a Billy Donovan timeout, George missed a contested jumper that Adams was again means to obstacle off a descent boards. He kicked it out to Westbrook….who missed a 30-foot three-point attempt, that, we guessed it, finished adult being pulled in by OKC off another offensive rebound. Donovan afterwards took his final timeout with 24.7 seconds to go.
On a indirect possession, George was means to get Rudy Gobert in a air, sketch hit as he rose for a three-point attempt. However, no tainted was called and Mitchell was finally means to secure a Jazz defensive rebound. After using a time down to 6.9 seconds, he was fouled and sank both giveaway throws — finale a Thunder’s deteriorate in a process.
The non-call on PG13’s final three-point attempt:
Probably should have been called nonetheless frequency because a Thunder mislaid a game. OKC was 0-for-6 in a game’s final notation — a opportunities were right there.
Westbrook led a approach for OKC with 46 points on 18-of-43 sharpened — including 7-of-19 from downtown. Steven Adams total 19 points and 15 rebounds. George, who was carrying a stellar array until tonight, finished with only 5 points on 2-of-16 shooting. Mitchell was an comprehensive torpedo for a Jazz, dropping 38 points to top an implausible array for a rookie.
The Thunder deteriorate has come to an finish with a Game 6 loss. Utah moves on to face Houston. OKC is headed home and will start to face an capricious future.
39.8: OKC shot only 39.8 percent from a field. Not going to get it finished in an rejecting game.
29.4: The Thunder went 10-of-34 from deep, good for only 29.4 percent.
52.2: OKC went 12-of-23 from a line, only 52.2 percent. Lost by five, missed 11 giveaway throws. There’s math here.
+9: Oddly enough, OKC won 49-40 on a glass. That includes a 15-11 advantage in descent play — heading to 19 second-chance points.
-8: The Jazz won 46-38 in a paint.
8 3: There were 8 lead changes and 3 ties.
Live By Russ, Die By Russ
As Royce Young forked out on Twitter after a game, tonight was fundamentally a whole Russell Westbrook knowledge congested into 48 mins of basketball. On one hand, he was hexed and scarcely drastic adequate to take another feat from a jaws of defeat. On a other, he was trigger-happy and seemed assured he could do it on his own.
His final stat line:
46 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl, 18/43 FG, 7/19 3P, -1
The 43 margin idea attempts were too many — nonetheless a 19 heaves from prolonged distance, even nonetheless 7 of them went down, weren’t good during all. He airballed some-more than one try down a widen and capsized a Thunder offense with bad shots several times. He wasn’t removing adequate assistance to impugn him too cruelly — nonetheless still. There were improved shots available, quite in a fourth entertain that saw him fire 4-of-14 and 2-of-8 from deep.
The Disappearance of Playoff P
After carrying himself a good array adult until tonight, Paul George left in Game 6. He went 2-of-9 in a initial half, and, with a deteriorate on a line, shot 0-of-7 after halftime.
His final line:
5 pts, 8 ast, 2/16 FG, 0/6 3P, -2
If this was his final diversion in a Thunder uniform, it was unequivocally not a approach you’d wish he would exit. It was a finish faceplant in a do-or-die impulse and OKC was tighten adequate to assume we’re headed to Game 7 if he played better.
As distant as his destiny is concerned:
Paul George on his arriving summer: “It’s too soon. I’d adore to sojourn a Thunder, nonetheless that’s what a summer is for. We’ll residence that this summer.”
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 28, 2018
What can we say? 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting. He scored 22 points in a third entertain alone and helped Utah tarry a prevalent Westbrook. The child is a star and he deserves all a regard he’s certainly receiving right now.
Steven Adams. Big Kiwi had his best night of a array in a losing effort. 19 points, 15 rebounds (7 offensive), 9-of-11 sharpened and a +4 in 39 minutes. He got a best of Gobert, nonetheless it matters not with a season-ending loss. He brought it though.
Melo. Just 7 points on 3-of-7 sharpened for Carmelo Anthony, as he finished adult as a -19 in 26 mins of action. He was on a dais down a stretch, didn’t seem happy about it, nonetheless done no certain impact with his minutes. He and PG13 total for 12 points on a total 5-of-23 clip.
Grant Ray Ray. we suspicion Jerami Grant and Raymond Felton were both good off a bench. Grant finished with 9 points as was a +8 in his 30 minutes. Felton contributed 3 points and 9 rebounds, jacket adult as a +4 in 20 minutes.
The Other Guys. Five Jazz scored in double-figures: Mitchell (38), Favors (13), Ingles (12), Gobert (12), and Alec Burks (11). It’s value mentioning again that Ricky Rubio left with hamstring soreness and did not lapse after logging only 7 mins of action.
The End. We will start to empty a 2017-18 drum coaster in a entrance days nonetheless this was a rather unmannerly finish to a extravagantly haphazard season. Time will tell how this Thunder group will eventually be remembered — and who knows what a group will demeanour like during a start of subsequent season. For now, we contingency marker it adult to a unsuccessful examination with a frustrating ending. In a end, it’s a “superteam” that never was.