The Spaniard finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to record his first ever National Basketball Association playoffs triple-double.
Rubio's triple-double was the first by a Jazz player in the postseason since John Stockton in the 2001 playoffs against Dallas. If you believe Westbrook, all of his personal efforts will be dedicated to stopping Rubio, who has been phenomenal in the playoffs so far with averages of 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists. Game four is Monday night in Salt Lake City. It didn't last long though, as OKC went on a 13-0 run of their own, mainly spurned by Patrick Patterson's scoring six points (two 3-pointers) in 30 seconds.
Russell Westbrook almost had another triple-double in Game 3, but he had a poor game overall.
Westbrook's performance - Unless Paul George pulls something miraculous out of the hat, the Thunder can't beat the Jazz with Westbrook playing like he did on Saturday.
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Westbrook will come out like a man possessed in this game, and will put up a big triple-double.
"He's doing wonderful things and I'm real proud of him, we all are but he's going to continue doing that", Mitchell said. The new lineup resulted in success from the 3-point line in the first quarter, but that's where it ended.
If OKC is beaten in Game 4, there would be a 3-1 deficit. Mitchell, for his part, impressed again with 22 points, though he turned it over five times to go with just two assists. Determine the victor of that one, and you'll likely determine the victor of the game - and, possibly, the series. After only 16 total points and three assists in Oklahoma City, Ingles provided the offensive firepower down the stretch. Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim. So, what would click for him in Game 3?
Players, however, are not expected to stay up late to recap games. Westbrook is down at 20.7 points per game and is shooting just 36.1 percent from the field in the series. "We're just making it harder on them, making them take tough shots and just trying to find ways to stop a high-powered offense", Towns said.