Thunder Takes Down Jazz For Fourth Straight Win


Friday, November 30th 2012, 10:50 pm
By: News 9


The Oklahoma City Thunder extended its winning streak to four on Friday night with a 106-94 victory against the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 25 points on an efficient 8-for-13 shooting performance, including 9-for-11 from the free throw line, but it was Russell Westbrook who stuffed the rest of the stat sheet.

Westbrook realistically flirted with a quadruple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals against Utah. The pros and cons where present with the explosive point guard, as usual, as he also committed eight turnovers and connected just 6-of-18 shooting.

But Westbrook was undoubtedly the spark plug for OKC on Friday night, helping to guide the Thunder to its seventh win in its past eight games, improving the team to 13-4 on the season.

Kevin Martin added 19 points in 30 minutes of the bench for the Thunder on 7-for-12 shooting. Both of OKC's big men scored in double figures, as well. Kendrick Perkins scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds to go with five assists and three blocks in a well-rounded effort. Serge Ibaka also scored 12 points and chipped in seven rebounds and seven blocks.

Nick Collison and Thabo Sefolosha scored six points each.

The Thunder shot 52 percent for the game and 44.4 percent from 3. OKC held Utah to 41.3 percent shooting and just 30.4 percent from 3 on 7-of-23 attempts. The Thunder outrebounded the Jazz 47-40 and tallied 14 blocks and 11 steals.

Oklahoma City gets right back into the action on Saturday when the Thunder travels to New Orleans to take on the Hornets at 7 p.m. OKC will be looking to match its best winning streak of the season at five games against New Orleans.