Thunder win sixth straight game

Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:02am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City has been on winning streaks before. In fact this season alone, they have had runs of six consecutive wins twice.

The Thunder say their recent string of victories feels different. Not because they are exploding offensively, but because they are locking down on defense.

That was the case Thursday when Oklahoma City defeated the Utah Jazz 113-91 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The win was the sixth in a row and the third time in that span that they held an opponent to fewer than 100 points.

"I think over the last couple of weeks the guys have really worked hard defensively, tried to get better and improve, maintain and build a level of consistency," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "And I thought we did a great job tonight from start to finish."

Kevin Durant scored 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds and nine assists. It was the 58th straight game he has scored at least 20 points.

Russell Westbrook posted 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as he came up just short of his fourth straight triple-double. He played only 27 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter.

"I just play the game man. Read and react," Westbrook said. "It may not be the right play, but I just play. Some guys can make the play and some guys can't. But I know I can make certain plays and some guy cannot, so I just go for it."

Oklahoma City center Steven Adams added 14 points and seven boards. Dion Waiters came off the bench to score 17 points.

Utah was paced by Rodney Hood, who scored 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting. No other starter reached double digits in points. Trey Burke scored 17 points as the Jazz dropped to 35-37.   Continued...

 
Mar 24, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports