Deron Williams had 24 points and 12 assists and the Utah Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-90 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night.
Mehmet Okur scored 20 points and Paul Millsap added 16 points, nine rebounds and tied a career high with seven assists for the Jazz, who capitalized on the Thunder’s 24 turnovers.
Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook had 20 points but the Thunder couldn’t rally after falling behind in the second quarter.
Last time the teams met, the Thunder beat the Jazz 114-93, for the first of five wins in seven games for Oklahoma City—its best span of the season.
On Friday night, the Jazz stretched their lead to 24 after Mehmet Okur’s 3-pointer in the middle of the third quarter but the Thunder whittled the lead back to 13 behind Durant’s shooting.
Williams doused any comeback hopes with a scintillating stretch in the fourth quarter. First, he beat the shot clock with a 26-footer and then got a steal on the other end. After a free throw, he gathered another deflection and tossed a perfect alley-oop to Ronnie Brewer for a dunk. The Jazz then led 109-88 and Williams and the starters took a seat on the bench.