Thunder Top Utah, 101-87, Brooks Earns All-Star Coaching Gig
Salt Lake City, UT -
Russell Westbrook scored 28 points to lead five Thunder players in double figures as Oklahoma City wrapped up a road trip with a 101-87 victory at Utah Friday night.
The Thunder (21-6) trailed 30-27 after the first quarter, but turned things around in the second period with a 10-0 run that allowed them to take a 49-44 lead into the break.
The Jazz came out hot in the second half, taking a 58-56 lead on a jumper by Al Jefferson. But, Oklahoma City responded with seven straight points to spark a 16-4 run that would push them into the lead for good.
Westbrook finished his night with 28 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists for the Thunder, who clinched head coach Scott Brooks' first All-Star coaching gig with the victory.
Joining Westbrook in double figures was Kevin Durant with 19, Serge Ibaka with 16 points and 11 rebounds, James Harden with 11 points and Kendrick Perkins with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jefferson led Utah (13-12) with 20 points.
These same two teams will play each other again Tuesday night, this time at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
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