Utah Jazz: Rubio's triple-double spells trouble for OKC

Utah Jazz: Rubio's triple-double spells trouble for OKC

The Utah Jazz grabbed a critical win in Game 3 to pull ahead 2-1 in their first-round playoff matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rubio, who never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah's first playoff triple-double in 17 years to help lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Moreover, it was the team's first playoff triple-double since John Stockton picked one up in a first-round series with the Dallas Mavericks in 2001.

With Rubio picking up the offensive slack, it has helped alleviate some of the offensive pressure from rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 25.7 points along with 9.0 rebounds through the first three games of the series.

Game four is in Salt Lake City on Tuesday (NZ time). After winning Game 1 of this series in relatively convincing fashion, the Thunder have now dropped two consecutive games to the Jazz.

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The Jazz changed coverages on Westbrook throughout the game and surprised the perennial All-Star with different players in his expected passing lanes.

The 76ers' JJ Redick scored 24 points and Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Then Rubio capped the stanza in style with a running 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give Utah a 89-75 lead. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is dealing with a foot contusion, his status for Wednesday's game will be determined after an MRI on Tuesday. Adams went to the bench with his third foul. Utah had 19 second-chance points to the Thunder's eight. "I thought Joe just had a more aggressive mindset tonight", Snyder said. "It's great to play in front of these fans and (again) for the next one". "I'm getting in trouble jumping in the air and getting caught", he said.

Sure, NBA teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series, but the Thunder aren't one of them.

Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 25 points off the bench for the Heat, who led by 12 points in the second half before letting a game they nearly certainly had to have slip away. "I just try to make them think". "I don't know what else to say. I know that they know", Gobert said.

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