Steven Adams, Russell Westbrook combine in style as OKC surge to play-offs opening win over Utah Jazz



Associated Press

Paul George scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Utah Jazz 116-108 in game one of their Western Conference playoff series today.

George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight three-pointers, blowing past the previous record of five.

He made eight of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers in the off-season.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder, who will host game two on Thursday.

Steven Adams scored 12 points and secured seven rebounds for the Thunder.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second half with left foot soreness. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling.

Rudy Gobert scored 14 points, and Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder each added 13 for the Jazz.

The Thunder recovered from a 16-4 deficit to tie it at 25 at the end of the first quarter. Oklahoma City led 54-48 at halftime behind 20 points from George and 14 from Westbrook.

George hit his seventh three-pointer to push Oklahoma City's lead to 79-66. George hit a deep two-pointer to close the quarter and give the Thunder an 81-72 lead.

Alex Abrines hit two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a 92-80 lead and force Utah to call timeout. The Thunder held off a surge in the final minute.

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