Carmelo Anthony backs Russell Westbrook after guarantee to shut down Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio’s triple-double leads Jazz to Game 3 win over Thunder

Heading into this year's playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Paul George voiced much confidence in his play on the court.

Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio led the way, scoring 26 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook from deep. The new lineup resulted in success from the 3-point line in the first quarter, but that's where it ended.

It was the first time a Jazz player had recorded a triple-double in the playoffs since the John Stockton back in 2001.

Jazz: Utah started the game by converting nine of its first 10 shots, then missed eight of the next nine.

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Kyle Goon (Salt Lake Tribune) on Rudy Gobert being ready for the Thunder going small: "The key to Oklahoma City's offensive success in this series has never been a secret: The Thunder want to get Rudy Gobert away from the basket". "I think the first two games, I wasn't being effective in the midrange area", he said. On Saturday night, the Jazz had a whopping 56-37 advantage. After a quick putback bucket by Gobert to begin the third, a Westbrook 3-pointer kicked off a 10-0 OKC run, which gave the Thunder a short-lived lead. In fact, he vows to do so in Game 4. And they know their pathway to a win has to be through Westbrook.

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention.

Rubio was playing in just the third play-off game of his 7-year National Basketball Association career. "Too comfortable", Westbrook said.

The Thunder, shot 16 for 24 on field goals and 7 for 11 on 3s, to lead 45-33 on Westbrook's layup with 7:26 left in the second quarter. George is the Thunder's leading scorer thus far in the postseason with a scoring average of 25.7 points per game. As Russ is more aggressive on Rubio, it should give him more of a driving lane, forcing OKC's bigs to react, opening up the corners or a Utah big in the paint. "I'd just be at home anyway, go help my dad or whatever, stack firewood, chop down a tree or some s-, but after that, I was just like, 'Oh yeah!' and game the rest of the day". Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim. Whether he can do it efficiently is another question, but expect him to take more than the 17 shots he took last game and dish out double figures in assists this time around.

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