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The OKC Thunder and Utah Jazz battled it out on Friday night, with the game ending in a 148-147 Thunder victory. Paul George scored 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, as Russell Westbrook chipped in with 43 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists, including a game high six three pointers made. These two huge outputs from OKC were able to overcome the 38 point game had by Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.
With the win, the OKC Thunder move to 38-20, stretching the gap between 3rd and 4th place to 3.0 games. The Thunder are now 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are beginning to look like a huge competitor in the Western Conference. Being one of the strongest home teams in the conference can make all the difference for the Thunder this season, who have put themselves in a position to be able to obtain home court advantage until the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder will be aiming to finish in second in the west, and are trailing the Nuggets by just 2.0 games as of now. The Thunder have a challenging game slate in the immediate future, starting with a game against the Sacramento Kings in under 24 hours after the end of the OT game against the Jazz. The Thunder will play the Kings, Nuggets and 76ers and Spurs in the next four games, offering a measuring stick for the Thunder.
As for Utah, the Jazz will look to bounce back after a difficult game in the west. With the loss against the Thunder on Friday, the Jazz move down to 6th place in the west with a 32-26 record. The Jazz play a winnable game against the Mavericks before difficult matchups with the Clippers, Nuggets, and Bucks.