Thunder beat Jazz 119-111 to heat up playoff race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 30 points and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder made up ground in the race for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 119-111 victory over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

The Thunder shot a season-best 60 percent and never trailed while moving within a half-game of fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City has won 17 of its last 20 games and will finish no worse than .500 after going 23-59 last season.

Wesley Matthews hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points for the Jazz, who played without injured starters Mehmet Okur (back) and Andrei Kirilenko (calf). Deron Williams had 27 points and 14 assists.

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