Things didn’t go quite as hoped for the Utah Jazz as they entered Chesapeake Energy Arena for game one of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Jazz started the first quarter strong with a 16-4 lead at just under eight minutes left in Q1, but the Thunder took off from there, left the score tied at 25 going into Q2 and had the lead at 54-48 going into the locker room at halftime.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring picking up 27 points, and he had 10 rebounds giving him a double-double to end his first appearance in postseason NBA play. Mitchell was able to sink the first four shots he put up, but was only 8-22 shots in the second quarter.
Rudy Gobert, who saw himself in foul trouble in the third quarter with four, ended the night with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Jazz power forward Derrick Favors finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Thunder finished the regular season with a 3-1 favor over the Jazz, and home court seemingly presented a favor to Oklahoma City as they prepare for game two on Wednesday at 1-0 giving Utah the ultimate test to try and bounce back if the Jazz hopes to keep their playoff advancement alive.
Watch here to see what Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors had to say about tonight’s loss to the Thunder: