But opposites attract and because Utah and Oklahoma hate each other like Kris Aquino and James Yap, we have a series to watch for. Westbrook was in danger of being suspended one game per National Basketball Association rules, but perhaps due to his superstar status he instead was assessed a technical foul and handed a $10,000 fine. The game finished with a total of 209 points, which was just 1.5 points above the projected point total of 207.5 points. OKC's wounds aren't self-inflicted.
Game Four's stomping might not have officially clinched the series but it did open the door for the inevitable. After a 1-of-6 shooting performance in Game 2, Ingles has followed it up with a combined 41 points the last two contests to have a key role in the Utah attack. Within the course of the game against the feisty, flowing Jazz, there are inevitable tasks the team will encounter. In Game 4, the Jazz hit 45.1 percent from the field and 12 of 34 three point attempts in the game while sinking 19 of 27 free throw attempts.
And then Joe Ingles happened. They held onto the lead for much of the second quarter until Utah finally woke up on offence.
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It was a bold declaration. It is a symphony of many heavenly voices. Mitchell, who was the 13th overall pick in last year's draft, has scored 110 points through the first four games, the most by a rookie in his first four games since Michael Jordan's 117 in 1985, according to nba.com.
On the strength of six 3-pointers, Ingles settled for 20 points. Rudy Gobert added 16 points, ten rebounds, along with his typically strong defense. By getting into the teeth of the defense, the Thunder has also given up 46.5 percent shooting to Utah, and 47 points in the paint per game. "They've battled really hard and competed and I know they'll be excited to play We'll have to be able to sustain what we're doing for the whole 48 minutes, and that's our challenge". "At this point we've got to give it everything we've got". "When we're in rotations, keeping those guys off the backboard is something that we've got to do".
Damn, that Utah defense is deliciously frightening. The Spaniard has arguably outplayed the reigning MVP in this series, but Westbrook still has a chance to make his mark in this matchup.