seconds after Abdel Nader checked back in the game after he sat better in three quarters, he lowered a 3-point shot from the right corner to give Thunder a lead less than a minute back in the first overtime period Friday evening.
"Whoever hurts," Utah Center Rudy Gobert said after the thunder, Jazz beat 148-147 in double overtime. "Whoever hurts. That's why they are a very good team. You take something away, they make the right game, find the open guy, and you have to give him props. He knocked down the shot he just got into in the game and he knocked a big shot. It was a great game. "Jazz had chosen to capture George, who ended the night with 45 points. It was a logical move. Russell Westbrook had just been fouled. George had the warm hand. Nader had missed the only shot he had taken up to that time.
So the double-fought George, and Nader made them pay.
Nader credited his coaching staff to a teammates, "even though I didn't play so well in the first half, trusting me to put me back and end the game."
When thunder took the right to another overtime, one shouted fan of the stands: "You have it close."
Not Westbook. Not George. Not any bigger stars. Nader.
In the first minute of other overtime, Gobert grabbed a defensive rebound and waited until the thunder began to retreat to the defense. He threw the ball to Donovan Mitchell. Nader slipped behind Jazz's star guard to pick his pocket.