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Russell Westbrook scores 45 in Thunder's come-from-behind win

Russell Westbrook scores 45 in Thunder's come-from-behind win

Certainly the Thunder will want to emulate much of what they did in the third and fourth quarters of Game 5 and erase most of what they did for the greater portion of this series. They'd reached the backup point guard's turn.

Suddenly the game changed when Jazz coach Quin Snyder sat down his centre Rudy Gobert with nine minutes left in the third quarter when he picked up his fourth foul. The two Utah behemoths finished off easy looks at basket and drew a bunch of fouls. But Utah hasn't lost three straight games since Gobert's return to the lineup in mid-January. Down by as many as 25 points in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook would start the charge.

In a video shared by Gabe Ikard of The Franchise Sports in Oklahoma City, Mitchell appeared to tell OKC fans "We'll see y'all next year" as he walked off the floor.

As tough of a loss as this is, the Jazz are confident they will be able to bounce back at home in Game 6 Friday night. I think our guys did a good job of that tonight.

"It's win or go home", Westbrook said. They don't know how to play together, very apparently don't care to know and are now drowning in their own egos.

For the Thunder, 2012 was the high-water mark when they crashed the NBA Finals after a stunning comeback win over the Spurs in the Western Conference final series before being stepped on by LeBron and the Heat.

In the end, Melo contributed just 7 points on 2-of-6 shooting in Game 5, wrapping up as a -6 in 25 minutes. With Westbrook on the bench, a unit led by Melo and George produced more turnovers that clean field goal attempts. But more than that, the lead the Utah Jazz possessed seemed insurmountable.

Philadelphia's Simmons has averaged 19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists t help the 76ers take a 3-1 lead in their series against the Miami Heat. Westbrook hit a jumper 41 seconds later to make it an eight-point margin and all but seal it.

At the end of the game, we saw an emotionally charged content between the teams, their growing frustrations with each other and defensive teams finding respite in offense.

After losing the first game on the road, Utah won decisively in each of the past three games, including a 17-point victory in Game 4 - a game the Thunder called a must-win in Salt Lake City.

The youngster will hope that this doesn't come back to haunt him as the internet is an unforgiving place for moments like this. "We just had to dig deep".

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday.


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