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The Thunder have lost seven consecutive road playoff games

The Thunder have lost seven consecutive road playoff games

Technical fouls, Joe Ingles staring down Paul George, Mitt Romney taunting reigning MVP victor Russell Westbrook.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz resume their first-round National Basketball Association playoff matchup Monday night in Salt Lake City, where the Jazz will take a 3-1 series lead if they win.

The Thunder are 4-3 in their last seven games in Salt Lake City. Joe Ingles scored 20 points while Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George finished with 32 on 9-of-21, but with Carmelo Anthony hitting just 5-of-18, including 0-of-6 from 3, and with the Thunder unable to produce consistent stops, that wasn't cutting it.

For Billy Donovan's sake, hopefully, the Thunder play like it.

"It's just who I am", Adams said.

There's two Game 4s on the schedule today, with Houston at Minnesota leading off before the Oklahoma City-Utah game.

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"The whole year, one of the things that we've wanted to do collectively is try to generate open shots", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. Ingles fueled the surge by hitting three straight 3-pointers to put Utah in front 58-52 before halftime. That's something you can't control-whether the ball goes in or not.

But it would be disingenuous to not admit that the Jazz have looked to be the better team through four games. The intensity in the opening six minutes was off the charts, with technical fouls and light scuffles breaking out, but Utah held its poise while the Thunder took hurried shots and picked up tough fouls.

Crowder was ejected from the game with a technical foul with 5:30 remaining.

Later, Snyder nearly could have gotten another technical when he leaped out on the court when Westbrook appeared to throw Rubio to the floor on the offensive end. Oklahoma City totaled one assist in the third quarter and finished with 10 for the game.

Mitchell shot 13-for-28 from the field, including a 3-for-8 stint from three-point range.

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