Ricky Rubio posts triple-double for Jazz in win

Paul George says he has lost some explosiveness due to hip injury

Utah has a prime chance to take control of the series on its home floor. Westbrook can live up to his guarantee in Game 4 on Monday in Utah, where the Jazz have the opportunity to go up 3-1 in the series.

If there's one person who knows triple-doubles, it's Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Ricky Rubio just had a triple-double, earning him some time in the headlines. Whether they are able to have Favors in there to provide it - as opposed to a smaller player like Jae Crowder - will likely come down to whether Anthony makes shots. The least efficient transition offenses are still more successful than the best half-court ones. I felt good about, but it wasn't going in. Because I've tried it.

Westbrook probably would agree: He's 1 for 7 in this series with Gobert waiting at the rim for him.

Utah also outrebounded the Thunder 48-33 and seemed much quicker to the loose balls in the midst of a charged atmosphere. The Rockets fell in Game 3 to the Timberwolves on Saturday, but still lead that series 2-1. Rubio said the extra work he put in after Game 1 paid off. He was talking about slowing down Rubio, but he might be better served getting himself going again.

"He made some shots", Westbrook said. Adams finished with two rebounds. "I have huge respect for him".

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday. But it wasn't the guard we are used to seeing do so. The Thunder averaged an inconceivably high 123.6 points per 100 on possessions that follow his defensive rebounds, according to data filtered by

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PRESSURE IS ON: Rockets center Clint Capela. It's a concern for Donovan along with some other issues on the court.

The victor of this series will face the victor of the series between the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves. A game that was close throughout the first half turned into a Utah blowout as soon as the second half started. He didn't miss any time, though, and didn't even acknowledge the injury when asked about it in his postgame interview. Snyder said he hopes his team is more focused on getting sleep.

Jazz leas 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ricky Rubio waited seven years for a night like this.

The Thunder's big three of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George wilted in the face of the Jazz's onslaught and the constant roar of the Utah home crowd. Catch up on last night's games here.

But it wasn't enough to stop a convincing victory for Utah who eventually defeated the Thunder 115-102.

After going just 3-of-13 in the mid-range in the first two games, Rubio connected on all five of his shots from the area in Game 3. But if he's limited in any way, that's obviously a huge problem for the Thunder.