Oklahoma outlast the Jazz
Compared to last season Russell Westbrook has been quiet this year, but the defending NBA Most Valuable Player powered the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Utah Jazz 100-94 on Tuesday evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook led the way for the Thunder, as the 29-year-old point guard from Long Beach, California scored 34 points while pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out 14 assists for a monster triple-double.
The triple-double was Westbrook's seventh of the young season. Oklahoma City, 1.83 to win the Northwest Division, have got a surprising scoring burst recently from usually defensively-minded Steven Adams, with the 24-year-old seven foot center from Rotorua, New Zealand scoring 20 points while grabbing nine rebounds for the game.
Adams has been useful for the Thunder over their last three games, with the lone big man out of Pittsburg averaging 22 points and 8.3 rebounds a contest over that period of time.
Utah led for most of the contest on Tuesday, as the Jazz had a 77-55 lead during the third quarter. However, the visitors collapsed during the final period, with Utah only scoring 14 total points in the frame to close out the game.
In defeat Donovan Mitchell continues to impress for the Jazz, as the 21-year-old out of Louisville has been one of the stars of this year's rookie NBA draft class. Mitchell scored 31 points while nabbing five steals, dishing out four assists and grabbing a rebound for the game.
Oklahoma City hit the road on Thursday to play the Nets in Brooklyn and then continue on to play the Grizzlies in Memphis. Utah are back home in Salt Lake City, briefly, to host the Houston Rockets and then start a six-game road trip that culminates back in Oklahoma City five days before Christmas.
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