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Westbrook, George lead Thunder to 103-89 win over Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder got the kind of night they envisioned when they brought in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Thunder won their fourth in a row with a 103-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Utah had no answer for Westbrook, George and Anthony, who were playing the second night of a back-to-back.

''We're just finding it,'' Anthony said. ''Everybody's doing what they're supposed to do. Everybody's playing their game. We're not playing as tense and thinking so much out there on the basketball court as we were a couple weeks ago. The flow of the game is starting to become better and better for everybody. Guys are starting to be comfortable with what's being asked of them and kind of just accepting it.

''Just playing basketball at this point.''

Westbrook had his 11th triple-double of the season. George had 26 points, five rebounds, a season-high six steals and two blocks, and Anthony added 16 points.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the Jazz after missing the last two games with a big toe contusion. It was his 11th 20-point game of the season, the most among NBA rookies.

''Russell had a really good all-around game from start to finish,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''Thought we had a great night from Paul. Carmelo didn't maybe shoot the ball as well as he has the last couple games, but he got the kind of looks that (we like). He got 10 3s up, which was great.''

The Thunder controlled the game most of the night and weren't threatened after a spurt by George and Westbrook that pushed their lead to 13 in the third quarter. Westbrook's pull-up jumper was lethal, and back-to-back 3-pointers by George seemed to take all the energy from Utah. The Jazz never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

''I didn't feel like we executed offensively,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''When you play a team that's long and athletic defensively, you need each other even more. You have to execute with even more force and commit and we weren't able to do that.''

Oklahoma City outscored Utah 29-21 in the third.

The Jazz held their only lead of the game at 4-3.

''They take you out of your offense,'' Mitchell said. ''They're aggressive. As you saw, I made a few passes that, against certain teams, are open. But when you have guys who are long and athletic and quick, those passes aren't there.

''That's the one thing we have to accept, the aggression, and then counter it. I don't think we did that until we got toward the end of the game.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City held the Jazz to 23.1 percent shooting from behind the arc.

Jazz: Raul Neto missed his seventh straight game with a concussion. ... Rodney Hood started the game 0 for 7 and finished with nine points after scoring 29 on Thursday.

ADJUSTING

The Thunder have won 10 of 13 as Westbrook, George and Anthony have gotten more comfortable playing together.

''I still think we're going to continue to grow and get better,'' Donovan said. ''These guys are working hard to try to figure it out. They've all played a certain way for their entire careers, and they all have to adjust because when you play, you're playing inside of a team. It requires adjusting. And sometimes those adjustments are hard.

''In a lot of ways they're being taken out of their element and being asked to do things maybe they haven't had to do before. ... When you get inside of a team, you have to play to the identity of what's going to best suit the team.''

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Jazz: Travel to face the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
R. Hood
5 SG
28.6 Min. Per Game 28.6
18.1 Pts. Per Game 18.1
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
41.3 Field Goal % 42.2
41.2 Three Point % 42.7
71.2 Free Throw % 86.8
+ 2 Steven Adams made alley-oop shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 0:14
+ 1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:31
+ 1 Donovan Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 0:31
  Shooting foul on Steven Adams 0:31
+ 3 Carmelo Anthony made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony 0:55
  Derrick Favors missed jump shot 0:58
  Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles 1:13
  Russell Westbrook missed jump shot 1:15
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 1:38
  Rodney Hood missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:41
Team Stats
Points 103 89
Field Goals 39-88 (44.3%) 33-72 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 12-29 (41.4%) 6-26 (23.1%)
Free Throws 13-16 (81.3%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 43
Offensive 15 6
Defensive 30 31
Team 6 6
Assists 18 16
Steals 9 3
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 7 12
Fouls 16 13
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST
29 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Thunder 18-15 28192927103
home team logo Jazz 15-19 2221212589
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 18-15 111.7 PPG 48.5 RPG 22.9 APG
home team logo Jazz 15-19 107.4 PPG 43.2 RPG 24.5 APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook PG 22.0 PPG 10.3 RPG 10.0 APG 44.9 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 20.8 PPG 3.0 RPG 3.2 APG 42.8 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook PG 27 PTS 10 REB 10 AST
D. Mitchell SG 29 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
44.3 FG% 45.8
41.4 3PT FG% 23.1
81.3 FT% 85.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 38 27 10 10 1 1 2 3 11/24 2/3 3/4 2 8 57 +12
P. George 37 26 5 1 6 2 2 2 10/17 4/7 2/2 3 2 39 +13
C. Anthony 35 16 6 3 0 0 1 2 6/18 4/10 0/0 1 5 27 +9
S. Adams 31 12 9 0 1 1 0 1 5/9 0/0 2/4 6 3 23 +6
A. Roberson 25 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 1 5 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 38 27 10 10 1 1 2 3 11/24 2/3 3/4 2 8 57 +12
P. George 37 26 5 1 6 2 2 2 10/17 4/7 2/2 3 2 39 +13
C. Anthony 35 16 6 3 0 0 1 2 6/18 4/10 0/0 1 5 27 +9
S. Adams 31 12 9 0 1 1 0 1 5/9 0/0 2/4 6 3 23 +6
A. Roberson 25 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 1 5 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Patterson 11 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 4/4 0 2 13 +3
R. Felton 11 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 0 8 0
A. Abrines 16 3 3 0 1 0 0 3 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 3 7 +2
J. Grant 17 2 4 1 0 1 1 1 0/2 0/1 2/2 0 4 8 +10
J. Huestis 15 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 2 4 +4
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 45 18 9 5 7 16 39/88 12/29 13/16 15 30 191 +70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 37 29 5 1 1 1 3 3 12/16 1/3 4/4 0 5 35 -12
D. Favors 34 11 8 1 0 1 1 2 5/8 0/0 1/2 3 5 21 -11
J. Ingles 33 7 8 5 0 0 2 0 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 7 23 -16
R. Rubio 22 6 3 5 0 0 1 1 3/10 0/3 0/0 1 2 18 -10
J. Jerebko 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 0 3 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 37 29 5 1 1 1 3 3 12/16 1/3 4/4 0 5 35 -12
D. Favors 34 11 8 1 0 1 1 2 5/8 0/0 1/2 3 5 21 -11
J. Ingles 33 7 8 5 0 0 2 0 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 7 23 -16
R. Rubio 22 6 3 5 0 0 1 1 3/10 0/3 0/0 1 2 18 -10
J. Jerebko 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 0 3 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Sefolosha 15 11 2 0 0 0 2 2 4/9 0/3 3/4 0 2 11 +5
R. Hood 30 9 1 1 1 0 1 0 3/14 2/8 1/1 0 1 12 -4
J. Johnson 21 8 2 2 0 0 2 1 2/3 2/3 2/2 0 2 12 -7
A. Burks 12 4 4 0 1 0 0 1 2/5 0/1 0/1 0 4 9 -2
E. Udoh 13 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 0 4 -3
R. O'Neale 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 +2
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 89 37 16 3 2 12 13 33/72 6/26 17/20 6 31 151 -70