The Oklahoma City Thunder made a historic comeback and sent their first round series with the Utah Jazz back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. Here are a few numbers to the game that stuck out to me and maybe affected the game:
Oklahoma City’s 25-point comeback is the fifth largest comeback in NBA history. It’s tied for the largest second half comeback in NBA history.
This was the 2,556th time over the last 20 seasons – regular season and playoffs – that a team trailed by 25 or more points at some point in the third quarter. It’s the first time that a team did that and was not trailing entering the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points over the game’s final 20:32. He outscored Utah 33-28 over that stretch.
Oklahoma City outscored Utah 61-28 over the final 20:32. Paul George and Westbrook assisted or scored on all 61 points.
During their comeback over the final 21 minutes of the game, the Thunder only had one turnover. They finished with eight for the game.
Oklahoma City trailed by 15 at halftime.
Utah’s shooting percentage in the second half, aided by a Thunder defensive effort that forced 5-of-22 three-point shooting.
Alex Abrines was a game high plus-18 in 24 games minutes. While he only scored three points, his defensive presence was super impactful.
Westbrook (45) and George (34) combined for 79 points, the most by a duo in Thunder/SuperSonics playoff history.
Oklahoma City outscored Utah 40-16 with Carmelo Anthony on the bench in the second half.
Westbrook scored 20 points, tying his career high for points in a playoff quarter.
Oklahoma City was able to get Utah’s bigs, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, into foul trouble. They both finished the game with five fouls.
Game 6 is on Saturday. Oklahoma City pulled a big one out of their backsides and will live to fight another day.
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