When and where: February 22, 2019, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 9:30 PM ET
The surging Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking for a bounce-back win on Friday when they host the visiting Utah Jazz. After back-to-back wins over the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns, the Jazz fell in defeat on the road to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Thunder, on the other hand, had their four-game win streak snapped on the road on Thursday by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Westbrook’s triple-double not enough against Pelicans
Anthony Davis was only on the floor for the Pelicans for 16 minutes, and Thunder star guard Russell Westbrook netted a 44-point triple-double. Yet, it still wasn’t enough for the Thunder to come away with their fifth consecutive win. The Thunder succumbed to a pair of sensational performances from Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday—all while struggling to get their complimentary players more involved on the offensive end of the floor.
Paul George scored 28 points in the game, but he also missed too many shots. He went 11-of-29 from the floor and 3-of-17 from 3-point land. Center Steven Adams, who averages 14.7 points per game, was an absolute no-show on offense, finishing the game with only four points. He was also dominated on the boards by Randle.
Along with the 44 points, Westbrook netted 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while George had seven rebounds and six assists. Perhaps the only silver lining, other than Westbrook’s triple-double, was Nerlens Noel coming off the bench for 22 points and 13 rebounds in the 131-122 loss.
Turnovers prove costly for the Jazz
The Jazz failed to capitalize on a rare night when the Warriors struggled shooting from the floor. Steph Curry shot 5-of-14 from beyond the arc, while Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins shot for a combined 2-of-12. The sound of bricks took the place of swooshing nets for the No. 1-ranked scoring offense in the NBA.
It was exactly what the Jazz needed to pull off the upset on the road. However, their inability to knock down critical shots in the fourth quarter and playing too loose with the basketball ultimately cost them the game. They turned the ball over 16 times, which is basically a nail in the coffin playing on the road against a team as talented as the Warriors.
Star guard Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Ricky Rubio netted 16 points, four rebounds and six assists in the 115-108 loss. Both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each contributed 13 points.
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