Thunder hammer Jazz for 6th straight win

Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 22:57:09-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 113-91 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.

Russell Westbrook's streak of triple-doubles ended at three. He had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter because the game was in hand.

Dion Waiters scored 17 points, Enes Kanter add 16, and the Thunder shot 54 percent from the field. They will take the NBA's longest current winning streak into their home game Saturday against San Antonio.


Trey Burke scored 17 points, and Trey Lyles added 14 for the Jazz, who are fighting for a playoff spot. Gordon Hayward, who averages 20 points, was held to six on 2-for-6 shooting.

The Thunder led 50-39 at halftime behind 13 points, five rebounds and five assists from Westbrook.

Oklahoma City started the second half with a flourish, and a 3-pointer by Serge Ibaka on an assist from Westbrook gave the Thunder a 65-42 lead.

Utah made a push late in the third quarter to trim Oklahoma City's lead to 74-60, but Durant found Waiters for a fast- break dunk, then Durant sent another lead pass to Waiters for a layup that pushed the advantage back up to 18s. Durant's 3-pointer as the clock expired at the end of the quarter made it 81-60, and the Thunder opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to make it 91-62.



Jazz: Were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Utah beat the Houston Rockets 89-87 on Wednesday night. ... Shot 56 percent in the first quarter but still trailed 26-23 at the end of the period. ... Committed 18 turnovers.

Thunder: Kyle Singler sat out with lower back soreness. ... Kanter, who used to play for Utah, missed his first five shots. He scored his first basket with 10:32 remaining. ... Westbrook had three steals in the first half. ... Josh Huestis scored his first career basket in the fourth quarter. He was Oklahoma City's first-round pick in 2014.


Jazz play at Timberwolves on Saturday.

Thunder host Spurs on Saturday.