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Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell lands another basket during his team's 102-95 win over the Thunder.

The Thunder had mostly muted efforts from their big three as Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony each scored 19 or less. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting.

Mitchell, who averaged 20.5 points during the regular season, had 27 points and 10 rebounds in Utah's opening defeat. Utah's rookie dynamo Donovan Mitchell drove in from the wing and was blocked by Westbrook at the rim, but Anthony was called for a phantom foul on the drive, which resulted in two free throws.

Meanwhile, LeBron James scored 46 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers evened the first-round eastern conference play-off series at one game apiece with a 100-97 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Thursday (AEST).

Jordan had 53 points in his first two playoff games.

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.

Mitchell left Game 1 with left foot soreness but an MRI came back negative.

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George was battling a hip bruise after Sunday's explosive Game 1 performance, but his status was never in much doubt. "Donovan, obviously, his aggressiveness on the offensive end fueled us there".

Important questions are surrounding Wednesday night's 2nd game between the Thunder and the Utah Jazz. They didn't get many. The latest win required more toughness and determination, after everything fell apart for them during OKC's 19-0 run in the third period.

Having won the first game, the Thunder looked likely to go up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2013, but a cold fourth quarter cost them.

"We worked so hard in the third quarter to get the lead back and played so well to get back", Anthony said.

When Utah put together a 14-3 run midway through the second quarter to extend its lead to 7, the Thunder was put in a hole it had to dig out of in the third quarter. "We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter".

Alex Abrines hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a 92-80 lead and force Utah to call timeout.

Utah sagged off the Thunder's non-shooters throughout crunch time, the typical treatment for those kinds of players during the playoffs.


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