The duo got hot from downtown, and with Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors in foul trouble, OKC went nuts in the paint, attacking the rim at will. Westbrook and George brought the Thunder to life as they relentlessly bullied the Jazz on both sides of the floor. The Thunder trailed by 25 points. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the second hal.
Oklahoma City held a three-point lead before George drained a 3-pointer to boost the lead to 105-99 with 2:05 left.
3-pointers in the first quarter by the Jazz, who only made six the rest of the game.
The result was a stunning 107-99 loss in Oklahoma City.
Bench time for Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the second half.
"A 20-point lead in the National Basketball Association is not safe, (and) especially against guys like Russell Westbrook and Paul George", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said, according to the Tulsa World.
Westbrook finished with 45 points, seven rebounds and 15 assists, supported offensively by George (34 points), the only two OKC players to register double points.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the way with 23 points for the Jazz, who looked set to advance to the second round, but will now have to bounce back in their home arena, as they look to close the series out.
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Westbrook got going in the second period, but Mitchell answered with a jumper and Ingles drilled a big three that just beat the shot clock.
After a sloppy start, the Jazz got rolling late in the first quarter. Such a bugaboo in earlier games, OKC took care of the ball spectacularly. Mitchell made all four free throws, and Utah led 56-41 at the break.
Game 6 is Friday at Salt Lake City.
In the second half, they scored 54 of the Thunder's 66 points.
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"Just picked my spots and tried to be aggressive", Westbrook said.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench.
The victor of the series, whoever it ends up being, will face the first-seed Houston Rockets in the semifinals, after they completed a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of the four other games on Thursday, winning 122-104.