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Bench, Westbrook help Thunder lower boom on Jazz

Bench, Westbrook help Thunder lower boom on Jazz

Not anymore. The 7-foot center had 20 points and nine rebounds to support Russell Westbrook's triple-double, and the Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz, 100-94, on Tuesday night. In an impressive 17-point comeback capped by a 32-14 fourth quarter, Adams had a critical putback with 43 seconds left to put the Thunder up five.

In the past three games, Adams is averaging 22 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, all while shooting 82.4 per cent from the field.

"That's good, mate", the New Zealander said.

"It's satisfying that we got a win, man", Westbrook said when asked if he found gratification in the diversity of the offense in crunch time.

"For me, personally, it's just about doing something different, seeing where the team really needs me on a night-to-night basis", Anthony said Sunday.

Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season with 34 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds to lead the Thunder (11-12) to their third straight win. Oklahoma City outscored the Jazz, 32-14, in the fourth quarter to complete a rally from 17 points down in the third.

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After wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs, OKC dispatched the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, who were coming into the contest on the back of six straight wins. They never trailed in the first half as they led 28-19 after the first quarter and 47-39 at halftime.

After not scoring in the third to that point, Westbrook knocked down a 3-pointer, then scored eight more points before the end of the quarter to bring OKC within 12 at 80-68. Thabo Sefalosha finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a fine performance off the bench, and Alec Burks also scored 11 in a reserve role. "He gave them a lot of energy and gave them points".

Oklahoma City cut the deficit to six points early in the final period before Westbrook re-entered the game after a brief rest. Balanced scoring has helped the Pistons in big games, but they are missing a go-to scorer late in games. Paul George is one of the best defenders in the league. "Russell Westbrook turned it up defensively, and that's tough", Snyder said.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have overcome their recent slump and are now on a three-game winning streak as things look to finally be moving in the right direction for the team.

"It's very satisfying when the bench comes in and we don't retreat, we don't have any lapses", Thunder forward Patrick Patterson said. Therefore, despite Utah's incredible success of late and the way that they've been able to just steamroll opposing teams, they're going to need to be well-prepared if they hope to topple a star-studded Thunder squad.


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