Westbrook leads Thunder past Jazz, Beal scores 51 points

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Even though he had only four points, Andre Roberson was credited with being the main reason Oklahoma City came back to beat the Utah Jazz 100-94 Tuesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"Late, we weren't able to secure a couple of defensive rebounds", Snyder said.

The victory over the Wizards was their sixth straight and was the fifth of the last six that was an absolute blowout (the narrow comeback win over New Orleans was obviously the exception).

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

"One, Russell Westbrook, the MVP of the league, got going in the third quarter", Snyder said. "He gave them a lot of energy and gave them points".

Utah built up its lead to 72-55 at the 4:13 mark of the third quarter on a driving layup by Burks, but then Westbrook came alive.

That was all the Thunder needed to close out the Jazz. That's tough. I thought we ran out of steam a little bit.

But, as we all know, December doesn't get any easier from here as Utah will be back in action right away on Tuesday as they head out on the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook scored 17 points and had nine rebounds and eight assists in the second half on his way to a 34-point, 14-assist, 13-rebound triple-double night against a Jazz team that had played the night before in Salt Lake City.

Adams finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. "We stuck together through adversity and came out and got it done in the fourth".

"Steven's not doing anything different from maybe he's done in the past".

And we thought Utah's offense was going to struggle this season... He's catching it in the lane, he's making floaters, and if he doesn't have a floater, he's making extra passes.

Anthony had 14 points for his first double-digit scoring performance in the win streak.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 31 points and Joe Ingles added 16. Anthony scored the next time down the floor and Oklahoma City led 90-87. What was supposed to be a scary month of December has started out really well for the Jazz as they are now 2-0 following Monday's absolute annihilation of the Washington Wizards by a score of 116-69. But Paul George responded with his own 3-point play to put the Thunder back up by one.

Then, a combination of Russell Westbrook coming alive and the Jazz running out of gas happened.

The Thunder outrebounded the Jazz 23-13 in the fourth quarter.

After a dreadfully slow start, Oklahoma City (11-12) have now won three successive games - all against playoff contenders.

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