NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Utah
(Tuesday, April 6th)
Final Score: Utah 140, Oklahoma City 139 (OT)
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Deron Williams made the game-winning jumper with 1.1 seconds left in overtime and ended with a career-high 42 points, as the Utah Jazz snuck past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 140-139, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Williams also dished out 10 assists for the Jazz, who picked up their 10th straight home victory and moved a half-game ahead of Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver for second in the Western Conference.
Carlos Boozer donated 28 points, 15 boards, and five assists for Utah, which bounced back from a loss to the Lakers on Friday. Mehmet Okur chipped in 20 points and seven rebounds, while C.J. Miles added 16 points for the victors.
Kevin Durant made a career-high seven three-pointers en route to 45 points while pulling down seven rebounds for the Thunder, who had a four-game winning streak snapped and tied for sixth in the West with San Antonio, a game ahead of Portland.
Russell Westbrook tallied 27 points and nine assists. Jeff Green had 20 points and seven boards for the Oklahoma City franchise, which was looking for its first season sweep over Utah since 1982-83.
"It was a fun game to be a part of. You've got to give them credit; they came out from the beginning and played hard," Durant said. "And you've got to give us credit, too, for coming back and fighting, you know, down 11 in the fourth quarter and coming back and fighting. It was a great game, fun to be a part of, it's tough that we lost, but best thing about it, we've got a game tomorrow."
A Westbrook jumper and James Harden trey gave the Thunder a 135-132 lead with 2:19 left in overtime. But the Jazz responded with a three-point play from Miles and Williams trey to take a 138-135 edge with 48.7 seconds left.
Durant made two free throws to cut the gap to one. Williams was then off the mark with a three-pointer, leading to Green's bank shot with five ticks remaining.
Down by one, Williams capped off his spectacular night with the game-winning jumper.
"He had the ball, he wanted the ball, there's not any problem with that," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said of Williams' game-winning shot. "He felt good enough and he liked the play we were going to run, so we ran the play to give him the basketball. He got it and had a good look at the basket."
A bit of controversy occurred as Durant's trey fell way short with time expiring. Miles appeared to clearly foul Durant on the play. However, no call was made and Utah escaped with the victory.
Ahead 103-102 in the fourth, the Jazz went on a 14-2 run to gain some breathing room. Miles capped the burst with a three-point play to make it a 117-104 contest with 4 1/2 minutes to play.
However, the Thunder used a three-point barrage during an ensuing 25-12 surge to deadlock the tilt. Durant made four shots from beyond the arc and had 15 points during the run, which Green capped with a three-pointer to make it 129- all with 8.3 seconds remaining.
Williams just missed a 20-foot jumper at the other end. Oklahoma City got the rebound and called timeout with 1.2 ticks to go. Durant's heave from near midcourt was off the mark.
Utah led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and held a 32-29 margin after 12 minutes. But the Thunder charged back in the second and took a 65-63 lead into the locker room.
Things remained tight in the third and Oklahoma City closed the period on a 9-2 flurry to cut the gap to 97-94 heading to the fourth.
The Thunder won the season series with the Jazz, 3-1...Utah Forward Andrei Kirilenko sat for the 11th time in 13 games with a strained calf...Durant's 45 points tied his season high...The Jazz shot 52.1 percent from the field, while the Thunder made 50 percent of their shots.
04/07 01:16:35 ET