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Sergio Cook | 27 April, 2018, 01:07

Mitchell already put together an NBA ROY-worthy season, and even though the Jazz had earned the 5-seed and had a good enough team to compete with Oklahoma City, most of us expected the Thunder to advance in a hard-fought series.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder came back from 25 points down in the second half to fight off elimination and beat the Utah Jazz 107-99.

With Wednesday's improbable triumph, the Thunder now trails three-games-to-two in an NBA Western Conference first-round series.

The two teams now travel to Salt Lake City for game six on Saturday.

Upon leaving the floor, Utah Jazz rookie passed by a few celebrating Thunder fans and he let them know that they won't be back in the city for a Game 7.

Gobert finally returned with just under eight minutes left in that game, but by that point, the Thunder had claimed an 88-87 lead. Kyle Korver had 19 points for the Cavaliers, who lead the series for the first time. It's unlikely that Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert will both be in foul trouble once again. We need to do a better job.

Cleveland got the ball to their superstar, who dribbled in, pulled up at the top of the arc and fired over Thaddeus Young for his only three-pointer of the game. He faded late in Game 5, as did SG Bradley Beal, who was great in Games 3 and 4 at home, less so on the road.

In fact, the 10-time All-Star has not had an assist since Game 1, as noted by Sean Deveney. It's not entirely surprising to see the team flourish with him on the bench, mostly because it's exactly what a lot of people thought might happen.

The only way for Mitchell's comment to be true would be if the Jazz can finish off the series in Game 6 as it shifts back to Utah.

James also went 15-for-15 from the line and finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. It took us to get down 25 to kind of build that mentality and build momentum, but we'll take it. OKC had never coalesced throughout the season; they were meant to lose to a unified squad that was simply a better team right? He's now shooting just 37 percent in the series and 21.4 percent from downtown - going 0-of-8 from deep over the last two games combined. After getting ejected in Game 4, he scored a career playoff-high 27 points in Game 5. Westbrook and George refused to sit the entire second half as Westbrook scored 33 of his 45 points in that span as the duo led the fourth-largest playoff comeback in National Basketball Association playoff history. As OKC was rallying from the 25-point hole, Anthony wasn't involved.

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