The Thunder are above.500 for the first time since early November after Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 107-79 home rout of the Jazz, and Paul George and Carmelo Anthony each scored 10 points in the decisive third quarter.
"It's just a matter of accepting that role", he said, according to the Norman Transcript's Fred Katz. "The fourth quarter, Russ came back in, picked up the pace and we followed that lead", Anthony described. "They backed off. Russ had an easy, open opportunity".
If the Thunder do happen to search for trade targets come closer to the trade deadline, you can expect nearly every team in the league to be low-balling OKC with offers, as if it comes to trading PG for the second time in less than a year, George is nearly certainly jetting off to LA next season.
Alert in bursts, OKC went sleepwalking in long stretches at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He was hyper-efficient shooting it on his own, scoring 30 points on 12-for-17 from the field. Ersan Ilyasova (22 points) and Malcolm Delaney (20) hit four 3-pointers each.
"Besides the (game-winning) shot, he was unbelievable tonight", Donovan said. "It's tough to not have the shot or the bounce at the end of the game, but to compete and play the way we did, really both halves, but particularly the second half ... hopefully our team can take something from tonight about how we played".
The Hawks led 92-88 with 8:49 left after a basket by Kent Bazemore. Anthony's 3-pointer with 5:34 left gave Oklahoma City a 104-97 lead.
Westbrook was getting checked by Taurean Prince, who didn't close out on the Thunder star and gave Westbrook space to pull up from behind the arc. A three-quarter-court heave from Hawks big man John Collins couldn't match the splash. And when that shot went up, there was little doubt that it was going in.
But the Thunder scored 102 points in the surrounding three quarters.
Marco Belinelli hit five of those 3-pointers and scored 27 points.
The Thunder narrowly avoided disaster on Friday night, as they very almost blew a 16-point lead at home against the lowly Atlanta Hawks.
Oklahoma City made only 19 of 31 free throws.
Injuries: Hawks-Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; Mike Muscala (ankle) in on rehab assignment at G-League affiliate Erie.
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