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Utah Jazz shock everyone but themselves with series clinching win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

Donovan Mitchell has arrived

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

When Ricky Rubio went down in the first half, it didn’t look like the Utah Jazz would be able to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, but this Utah Jazz team has shown resilience at every point of the season and they showed it again tonight. Joe Ingles hit big shots in the second quarter that helped tie the game going into halftime.

In the third quarter, Donovan Mitchell put on a show. He went toe to toe with reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, and willed the Jazz to a double digit lead. The things that Mitchell is doing as a rookie are unprecedented. Mitchell carrying the team in the third quarter was reminiscent of things we’ve only seen from players like Michael Jordan. It’s going to be a long and fun ride for Jazz fans as Donovan Mitchell continues to grow both in these playoffs and for years to come. What a player!

The Jazz also got big contributions from other players like Derrick Favors who had big blocks, rebounds and a MASSIVE jumper late in the fourth. Royce O’neale started the third quarter and played next level defense. Alec Burks hit huge shots including a big corner three late in the game. Jae Crowder brought fantastic intensity on the defensive end and effectively took Paul George out of the game.

The strength of this Jazz team really is the team and that’s why no one should ever count them out.

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Post Game Reaction

Utah Jazz win the series!!!

Posted by SLC Dunk on Friday, April 27, 2018