SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz came up just short in Game 5 late Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, extending the first-round playoff series for at least one more game.
The Jazz blew a 25-point lead midway through the third quarter before falling 107-99. Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert picked up five fouls each in the second half.
“It’s a different feeling when you don’t have big fella back there,” said Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.
“We stopped playing defense,” Mitchell said. “We stopped getting back. Our offense got stagnant. They made adjustments and we didn’t make the right adjustments back.”
Jae Crowder scored a career playoff-high 27 points, Mitchell had 23 and Joe Ingles added 16 for the Jazz, but they only shot 40 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers.
The Jazz still lead the series 3-2 and will get another chance to close out the Thunder on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) April 26, 2018