Russell Westbrook…wow. https://t.co/JqzDNw6Lln
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 14, 2015
With 0.7 seconds remaining in the first half, and the Thunder trailing the Jazz 51-36, Russell Westbrook broke out an old schoolyard play and threw the inbounds pass off an unsuspecting Rodney Hood, grabbed it, and somehow sunk the jump shot to beat the second-quarter buzzer.
Oklahoma City went on to win the game in overtime 104-98 after overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit. That was at least partially thanks to 25 fast-break points to Utah’s nine.
Westbrook posted another outrageous state line – 25 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocks – but was just 9-of-25 from the field and 0-of-4 from downtown. Despite that inefficiency, he was still tied for a game-high plus-19 on the night with teammate Steven Adams. Kevin Durant led the way in scoring for OKC with 31 points and six assists on 10-of-17 shooting and had the game-tying jam toward the end of regulation to help send it into overtime.
Hood was the high scorer for the Jazz with 23 points on 8-of-17 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from behind-the-arc. He was one of five Utah players in double-digit scoring, who got 22 points from Gordon Hayward and 21 from Alec Burks, as well as a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double from Derrick Favors.