Without Gobert and Favors, Jazz lose to Thunder, 112-104

Russell Westbrook records 32nd triple-double, as Jazz rest starters in te 4th

OKLAHOMA CITY (ABC4 Sports) -  Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain and inched closer to Oscar Robertson.

Westbrook had 33 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his 32nd triple-double of the season, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

"Just being able to attack the basket," Westbrook said. "When they don't have any shot blockers, your job is to be able to take advantage of it, and I thought we did a good job."

Westbrook broke a tie with Chamberlain (1967-68) for the second-most triple-doubles in a season. Robertson set the record of 41 in 1961-62.

Victor Oladipo added 22 points to help the Thunder win for the third time in four regular-season meetings with the Jazz.

Utah was without center Rudy Gobert and forward Derrick Favors because of leg soreness, and Gordon Hayward played only 21 minutes, finishing with nine points -- 13 below his average.

The Thunder opened the second half with a 14-5 run to take a 23-point lead. Westbrook had four assists during the spurt.

Utah cut the deficit to seven points twice in the final seven minutes and had it down to six with 1:18 to go. Westbrook had a driving dunk with 37 seconds to restore the double-digit advantage.

"They made a run, like good teams do, but I thought we did a good job in this game," Westbrook said.

Utah coach Quin Snyder used his entire available roster. Dante Exum scored a career-high 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting. He played a team-high 27 minutes. Alec Burks added a season-high 21 points.

"All you want is for them is to come and compete," Snyder said. "Usually when you do that you can make some good things happen."

The Thunder shot 50 percent from the field (43 for 86). Westbrook went 9 for 26 and connected on 12 of 13 free-throw attempts.

Utah went 36 for 75 (48 percent). It hung around by going 9 for 20 from 3-point range. But the Jazz missed their final three 3-point attempts.

Utah stays one game ahead of the Clippers for the 4th seed in the West. The Jazz host Los Angeles Monday night at 7:00 p.m.


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