Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

National Basketball Association roundup: Westbrook's triple-double helps Thunder rally past Jazz

National Basketball Association roundup: Westbrook's triple-double helps Thunder rally past Jazz

THE Oklahoma City Thunder came back from a 17-point third quarter deficit with a scorching fourth period blitz to shock the Utah Jazz, 100-94, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

It's the third consecutive win for the Thunder, snapping the Jazz's own streak of six-straight victories.

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.

The Thunder remain in ninth in the Western Conference standings as they prepare to head to Mexico City to play the Brooklyn Nets on Friday (NZT).

When Westbrook re-entered the game at the 7:30 mark, the lead was down to six and he immediately hit a pull-up jumper from 15 feet.

The Jazz had another terrific performance from Mitchell, who has been on fire lately, as he finished with a game-high 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range and four assists and five steals.

Westbrook started the pushback in the third quarter after Oklahoma City fell behind by 17 with four minutes to go.

Then, a combination of Russell Westbrook coming alive and the Jazz running out of gas happened. Paul George rebounded from a bad first half to score 21 points. "He gave them a lot of energy and gave them points".

"We ran out of steam a little bit emotionally", Snyder said. It's not like we're throwing the ball into the low post and this guy's going to a variety of different moves. George and Adams scored 21 and 20, respectively, while Anthony added 14 markers. "The offensive rebounds are killers. We stuck together through adversity and came out and got it done in the fourth". 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.

Oklahoma City is 3-9 in games decided by eight points or fewer, though all three wins have come during the current winning streak. He scored 11 points in the quarter. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook blocked his 200th career shot, becoming the only player in National Basketball Association history with 200 blocks, 5,000 assists and 15,000 points in his first 700 career games.

Oklahoma City took its first lead of the second half with 4:09 left in the game when Andre Roberson forced a turnover which Westbrook turned into a fastbreak bucket.

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