Thunder rallies to sour Jazz's tune in overtime
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant scored 31 points — all but two after halftime — and Oklahoma City rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Utah 104-98 in overtime Sunday night, the Thunder's second win over the Jazz in three days.
Russell Westbrook added 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Thunder, which has won nine consecutive home games against Utah dating to the 2010-11 season. Oklahoma City extended its longest winning streak of the season to five games.
Rodney Hood had 23 points, Gordon Hayward scored 22 and Alec Burks added 21 for the Jazz, which fell five games behind first-place Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division.
Westbrook scored two baskets in the first 36 seconds of overtime to give the Thunder the lead, and Utah missed its first nine field-goal attempts in the extra period. The Jazz avoided an OT shutout on Hayward's basket with 8.6 seconds left.
•ROAD WOES: The 76ers are still winless on the road (0-14) after their 96-76 loss to the Raptors, who have won 10 straight against them dating to last season. Jahlil Okafor, on the court, continued to be a bright spot for Philadelphia with 23 points and 14 rebounds, his seventh double-double this season.
•BLOCKED OUT: Hassan Whiteside didn't record a block in a game for the first time this year, but the host Heat still prevailed 100-97 over the Grizzlies. Dwyane Wade's jumper with 21.9 seconds left was the game-winner.
•IRVING NEARS RETURN: Cavs guard Kyrie Irving (knee) is expected to play next Sunday when the Cavs host the 76ers, one team source said, if not before. There remains a chance Irving could make his debut Thursday when the Cavs host Oklahoma City, although Sunday against the Sixers seems more likely at this point.