OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook scored 12 of his 43 points in the final 2:05 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 109-106 on Tuesday night.
Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 30th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. It was his fourth straight triple-double, and the team’s fourth consecutive win.
Westbrook scored and was fouled on a transition layup with 15.5 seconds to play. He completed the three-point play to give the Thunder a 108-106 lead. After Jerami Grant hit one of two free throws with a second left, Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.
He led the Jazz with 19 points.
Oklahoma City, which entered the night last in the NBA in 3-point percentage, made 15 of 22 threes.
The Thunder made their first 12 3-pointers to take a 61-53 lead at halftime. Oklahoma City became the first team since the Seattle SuperSonics in 1998 to make its first 12 shots from behind the arc. The Thunder also set a high for 3-pointers in any half since the move from Seattle in 2008.
Westbrook opened his second-half scoring by getting fouled on a made 3-pointer. The Thunder continued to shoot well and led 86-75 at the end of the third. The Jazz rallied and took the lead in the fourth quarter to set up the tight finish.
Thunder: Made 6 of 6 3-pointers in the first quarter. … Westbrook was the first Thunder player to miss a 3-pointer, misfiring in the final minute of the first half. … Westbrook had just two rebounds at halftime.
Jazz host Minnesota on Wednesday.
Thunder play at Portland on Thursday.
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