Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal torched the Portland Trail Blazers for 51 points on 21-of-37 shooting, recording the most points ever scored at the Moda Center for a single game. "The reason why Steven Adams is doing what he's doing is because of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George".
"I thought it was a great win, considering the way we played in the first half", said OKC coach Billy Donovan. "When we're patient on offense, Steven's going to get those opportunities. Steven's not doing really anything different from maybe he's done in the past". He also racked up 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his seventh triple-double of the season.
The Raptors were in control throughout, leading by 18 points heading into the fourth quarter.
But with Utah seemingly poised for victory, the Thunder exploded in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Jazz 32-14 to win. Leaders of the Pack: The Thunder has three players in the Top 5 league leaders as Paul George has the most steals per game (2.50), Russell Westbrook is tied for first in the National Basketball Association in assists per game (9.7) and Steven Adams has the third-best field goal percentage (.639, 106-166 FG).
Mitchell scored on a layup to pull the Jazz back to within one.
After not scoring in the third to that point, Westbrook knocked down a 3-pointer, then scored eight more points before the end of the quarter to bring OKC within 12 at 80-68. "He gave them a lot of energy and gave them points".
That block made Westbrook the only player in National Basketball Association history with 15,000 points, 5,000 assists and 200 blocks in his first 700 career games.
Down the stretch, though, the Thunder looked for Anthony as he scored eight of his 14 in the final five and a half minutes.
Oklahoma City's defense - statistically one of the league's best - tightened up late in the game.
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A career 43.1 percent shooter, George entered Tuesday's game shooting 41.1 percent, his career-worst in a full season.
"(Andre) Roberson's one of the best defenders in the league, Paul George is one of the best defenders in the league.
The Thunder now have won three straight close games after making a habit of losing them.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Devin Booker's scintillating run of recent form came to an unhappy end as the Phoenix Suns prodigy was carried off the court in his team's defeat to the Toronto Raptors. "Everybody gets a chance to touch the ball, you don't necessarily have to work so hard and it's fun".
"I don't know how serious, or when we'll be able to evaluate", Suns interim coach Jay Triano said.
Jazz: Starters shot 13 for 25 in the first half, but reserves went 3 for 14. Meanwhile, Anthony struggled for large parts of the game, starting 2-of-13 from the floor before hitting four of his final six shots.
George and Anthony combined to score 19 of their 35 points in the fourth quarter.
Adams finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. "It's very satisfying. For us to come in and give us some momentum and the starters come back in and just build on that and just take it up another notch, it was good for us". That's the way we played the first half. We are sacrificing everything we got.