The NBA announced Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will not be suspended for Game 5 of his team's first-round series against the Utah Jazz after he left the designated area during an altercation late in Monday night's Game 4 loss.
At halftime, only three players would be in double-digits in scoring, as both teams were shooting a almost identical percentage from the floor - 43.9 percent for OKC, 42.9 percent for Utah.
The Utah Jazz served notice in Game 4 that they will not be intimidated. At this point, with at least one more game to play, we have the makings of a pretty good fight night on our hands - several good undercard match-ups and an intriguing main event. The Jazz used a 20-3 run spanning the end of the second quarter and the start of the third to break open the game.
The Thunder trail the Jazz 3-1 and host Utah on Wednesday in an elimination game.
"That's just what you're going to get with a playoff team", George said.
"We got our asses kicked by them twice", Durant said on Tuesday with a laugh. "Let's get past that". He also held up four fingers, symbolizing the number of fouls Westbrook had collected against the Jazz.
A potential series-clinching Game 5 takes place Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"I thought we played downhill a lot more", coach Billy Donovan said. We always hear that superstars win playoff games, but the Jazz is winning as a team, while OKC is the embodiment of individualism. "They just told me to keep shooting and I was lucky enough to knock a couple down".
Wall, who had a combined 55 points and 28 assists in the two victories in Washington, said he wished Drake had been there to see Washington's comeback in person.
Westbrook did slow down Rubio's scoring, but Rubio was still effective, with 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes.