Still, Oklahoma City outscored Utah 33-21 in the third quarter, a period of notorious struggles throughout the regular season, when opponents outscored OKC by 4.5 points per 100 possessions during thirds, 24th in the National Basketball Association.
"All the players and coaches and refs and what not ... they're just giving it their all", Adams said. "I'm just trying not to make the same fouls, just so I can stay in the game". Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is going through warmups Wednesday prior to Game 3.
"We needed this win", Favors said during a postgame interview with AT&T SportsNet.
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.
The rest of their Big 3 came through, with Russell Westbrook (29 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists) and Carmelo Anthony (15 points, 7 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks) both coming up big.
Rubio had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half to help the Jazz take a 53-46 halftime lead. "We just didn't score enough points".
Utah closed the game on a 28-16 run with Derrick Favors going off for a career playoff-high 20 points and 16 rebounds and Ricky Rubio contributing 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds after a rough 5-for-18 shooting performance in Game 1.
Mitchell, who played with a bruised left foot, scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz defeat Oklahoma City 102-95 and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.
George's 3-point accuracy remained ridiculous in the first half, when he twice was fouled on successful 3-pointers.
"The strength of our team is our team", said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, reciting his squad's team first mantra. Game three is on Saturday. George's 3-pointer put the Thunder up 69-67.
A missed 3-pointer from Thunder forward Jerami Grant should not have been so significant.
"The entire game we could have executed better", Donovan said.
"I think all season really, there have been times where I've played - you would know stats - but millions of pick and rolls in a game and times where I've played barely any".
This time, Adams finally came back with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter, walking to the scorer's table with his right arm heavily wrapped.