Through two career games in the playoffs, Mitchell has scored 55 points. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said on Wednesday that George was limited in practice and did not do contact work.
Mitchell left Game 1 with left foot soreness but an MRI came back negative.
Utah led 53-46 at halftime behind 12 points from Rubio and 10 points and eight rebounds from Favors. "They punched us back tonight, and now, we've got to go on the road and get a win at their place, and that's the mindset".
Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder. "I'm just trying not to make the same fouls, just so I can stay in the game". He had some impact in the second half, but was held to just five shots, finishing with nine points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Neither bench did much in this game as the Jazz bench produced 16 points while the Thunder were at 21.
The Thunder went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter and appeared set to cruise to victory, but the Jazz steeled themselves and responded with a 35-18 run. But in the fourth quarter, Westbrook, George and Anthony combined to shoot 0-for-14 from the field, a very unlikely event to be repeated.
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Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring with 28 points, adding six rebounds and two assists to his stat column in the 102-95 win.
"I think today I did my job looking for my teammates", Rubio said. George hit his seventh 3-pointer to push Oklahoma City's lead to 79-66. "Donovan, obviously, his aggressiveness on the offensive end fueled us there and the combination of those two things".
Westbrook was 7-of-15 entering the fourth quarter, having scored 17 points in a quiet outing. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout. It was in conjunction with George, whose status was uncertain because of a right hip contusion.
After Game 2, George confirmed that he wasn't at 100 percent by letting everyone know that his hope was that he would be fully healthy for Saturday's Game 3. "I didn't have a free throw until the second half, so "just continue to be aggressive" was my mindset".
Mitchell ended up slicing OKC with fourth-quarter drives to the hoop, whether he was using screens, denying them or just using shear patience and hesitation moves.