Russell Westbrook fires Oklahoma City Thunder to third win on the bounce


Paul George scored 21 points, Steven Adams had 20 points and nine rebounds and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

Then, a combination of Russell Westbrook coming alive and the Jazz running out of gas happened.

Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season, finishing with 34 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.

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"One, Russell Westbrook, the MVP of the league, got going in the third quarter", Snyder said. "I thought in the third quarter he gave them a lot of energy and gave them points". "We have to play through that". It's not like we're throwing the ball into the low post and this guy's going to a variety of different moves.

Utah (13-12) managed only 14 fourth-quarter points as Oklahoma City scored 32 to finish off the comeback. Joe Ingles added 16 markers.

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The Jazz, who matched a season high with 16 steals on the night, had taken it to the Thunder from the opening tip as they sank their first four shots and raced to an 11-4 lead early.

The victory did not look certain at half-time, however, as Utah led 47-39.

Booker, who shook off a 2-for-11 start to score a season-high 46 points Monday in a win at Philadelphia, shot 0 for 7 in the first half Tuesday.

Westbrook closed out the third quarter strong and helped the Thunder cut Utah's lead to 80-68 by the end of the period.

"(Andre) Roberson's one of the best defenders in the league, Paul George is one of the best defenders in the league.

Mitchell turned the ball over again on the ensuing possession, and this time it was Anthony finishing on the other end, taking a feed from Westbrook and hitting a step-back jumper to extend the lead.

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But, as we all know, December doesn't get any easier from here as Utah will be back in action right away on Tuesday as they head out on the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Snyder was generally positive about his team's performance, but was unhappy with a couple of offensive rebounds late by Steven Adams that killed the Jazz.

Russell Westbrook heated up and the Oklahoma City Thunder started their push back. "The offensive rebounds are killers".

Thunder center Steven Adams was nearly flawless, scoring 20 points on nine-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds. They also opened things up for Adams, and now, teams have been forced to decide whether to focus on Adams or on George and Anthony, two of the league's most capable scorers.

"The reason why Steven is doing what he's doing is because of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George", Donovan said. "We stuck together through adversity and came out and got it done in the fourth".

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