Using the Jazz focusing their attention on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook was delighted to become the star from the show.
“I was focusing on my shot all summer time and that i had plenty of possibilities to shoot it tonight,” Westbrook stated. “I had openings I desired to make the most of.”
There have been occasions Durant barely entered halfcourt when Westbrook had been flying toward the ring or recognizing up for any jumper on his method to 28 points and enhancing the Oklahoma City
Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 101-87 on Friday evening.
The Thunder enhanced to five-one in games following a loss.
“This is exactly what good teams do. We lost a difficult one further evening but we arrived here and performed a difficult Utah team within their arena and come forth with victory. That’s a great
sign,” stated Durant, who had 19 points the evening after losing to Sacramento 106-101.
With Oklahoma City’s win, the Thunder (21-6) have clinched the very best record within the conference through games performed February. 15, meaning coach Scott Brooks will lead the Western Conference
All-Stars for the overall game on Sunday, February. 26, in Orlando, Fla.
“That’s ideal for we and our company. Personally i think truly fortunate to take part in what’s happening using the Thunder at this time,” Westbrook stated.
The Jazz made an appearance going to limit Durant’s offense-he'd only 10 area goal attempts-but Westbrook found room they are driving towards the basket and produced some fast breaks with five
“I was taking exactly what the defense was giving me,” Westbrook stated.
Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kendrick Perkins added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Jazz’s large males frequently assisted on Westbrook and Durant, permitting the Thunder to out-rebound Utah 46-32.
“Their bigs did a great job inside and between the pair of them, they'd eight offensive rebounds which hurt us,” Utah coach Ty Corbin stated.
Al Jefferson brought Utah with 20 points and Raja Bell and Gordon Hayward each had 13 points, however the Jazz dropped their fifth game within their past six.
Once Utah’s reserves came to 78-73 at the start of the 4th quarter, the Thunder clarified having a 7- run, assigned by Nick Collison’s driving layup.
The Thunder finished their journey having a 3-2 record.
Oklahoma City trailed for a lot of the very first half until Durant obtained on finishes of the 10- run that gave the Thunder a 46-40 lead with 2:15 until halftime.
“We didn’t have several things opting for us early but we fought against and stuck together,” Brooks stated. “The approach we take to finished the overall game was good basketball.”
Though they've performed probably the most road games within the Western Conference, the Thunder have put together a 12-5 away record and looked fresh within the 4th quarter, non-stop crowding
together the Jazz on defense.
The Jazz, meanwhile, have performed 16 games in your own home (11-5) and also the offense is starting to sputter wherever they're playing.
Utah hasn’t arrived at 100 points in the past four excursions and didn’t get close Friday-despite the fact that the Thunder had quit a minimum of 106 points on each one of the other four games from
“They were aggressive and that we got stuck in a single mode and were never in a position to transition into another thing to determine what can happen,” Bell stated.
The Jazz required their last lead at 58-56 on Jefferson’s jumper with 7:28 left within the third. But Westbrook obtained six inside a 16-4 go to raise the Thunder to some 72-62 lead.
Inside a three-minute span within the first half, Earl Watson found C.J. Miles for 3 alley-oop dunks with Durant trailing the plays. However the Thunder found their defensive stride within the other
“We threw in the towel some easy baskets early but we locked lower next and didn’t allow them to have the things they wanted,” Durant stated.
The overall game marked twelve months because the abrupt resignation of longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and also the employing of Ty Corbin. Corbin is 21-32 like a mind coach.