Russell Westbrook scores 45; Thunder beat Jazz to avoid elimination

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, defends against Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio.

In order for Oklahoma City to extend the series to a Game 7, they'll surely need the effort to be there from the opening tip. That was when they trailed the Utah Jazz 71-46 with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter, while trailing Utah 3-1 in the series.

The result was a stunning 107-99 loss in Oklahoma City.

Their double act continued into the final period, where Westbrook had 13 and George nine, with the rest of the Thunder combining to add just seven points in the final 20 minutes of play - all of them in the fourth quarter.

Kanter, whose New York Knicks did not make the playoffs, attended Game 5 between the Thunder and the Utah Jazz, coincidentally his two former teams.

"We can sit here and be upset in that locker, or we can go and watch it and fix what we've done all series", said Joe Ingles, who score 16 points.

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Forward Paul George was a decent supporting act, scoring 34 points while also claiming eight rebounds, playing 45 of a possible 48 minutes.

Jae Crowder tied his career high with 27 points, while Donovan Mitchell finished with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. "But we're going home, we've got to be strong with confidence".

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to the third-largest comeback in playoff history on Wednesday, finishing an incredible Game 5 performance with 45 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers. "We never quit. I can't pinpoint one thing we did wrong". Mitchell made all four free throws, and Utah led 56-41 at the break.

Rubio hit a three early in the fourth to keep the Jazz close, and then four straight points (a slick bucket in the lane by Mitchell and a putback slam by Gobert) gave Utah a 91-90 lead with 6:38 left in the fourth quarter.

The victor of the series, whoever it ends up being, will face the first-seed Houston Rockets in the semifinals, after they completed a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of the four other games on Thursday, winning 122-104.

Gobert contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Donovan Mitchell delivered 23 points. "Just trying to pick my spots, the same shots I've been getting".

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