Thunder Outlast Late Jazz Surge

By Shayden Smith 

​Does anyone actually listen to jazz in Utah? I’d like to think that the Utah players listen to smooth jazz as they warm up. Let’s be honest, we would all love to see Joe Ingles dancing to jazz music while out on the court. I would pay more money to see that than pay to watch the Jazz play basketball. I feel like listening to jazz would make someone play better. If that’s the case, Russell Westbrook must have been listening to jazz music on replay. Mr. triple-double welcomed the Utah Jazz Tuesday night as they came into Oklahoma City in an attempt to slow down the hot Thunder.

​Westbrook ended the night with 43 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, giving him his 30th triple-double of the season. So, Westbrook probably was not listening to jazz music before the game, but I have to find out what he was listening to. Probably a hit single from his home planet, Planet Triple-double. I would assume it’s a song about triple-doubles, but I guess it could also be a song about leading the league in scoring. All I know is Westbrook is really good.

​The Thunder started the game hot from beyond the arc, shooting 11 of 11 from three. The hot shooting died down in the second half, but Doug McDermott and Alex Abrines both had excellent games Tuesday night. McDermott had 16 points off four of six from three and Abrines had 11 points shooting four of four from three. Isn’t it fun when shots are falling? OKC has struggled with shooting throughout the season, but Tuesday night showed fans they have a lot to look forward to.

​Mr. “I hate chairs” had another excellent game off the bench. Enes Kanter finished the night with 15 points and nine boards. Kanter has to be in the top of candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Let’s just hope the bench doesn’t get a say in the vote.

​Utah had a chance to take down OKC, knocking down many clutch shots, but no one was more clutch then Westbrook himself. The Thunder squeeze by with the victory, winning 109 – 106.

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