Adams nails 20 points in Thunder win

Keep it Rolling with Physicality and Movement – INTEGRIS Game Day Report OKC vs. UTA        By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer

Keep it Rolling with Physicality and Movement – INTEGRIS Game Day Report OKC vs. UTA By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer

The Thunder have won three straight, and Adams's offensive play has been critical.

The New Zealander is averaging 22 points per game on almost 80 percent shooting during OKC's three-game winning run.

"That's good, mate", the New Zealander said.

Thunder center Steven Adams was nearly flawless Tuesday, scoring 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds. "When we're patient on offense, Steven's going to get those opportunities".

"For me, personally, it's just about doing something different, seeing where the team really needs me on a night-to-night basis", Anthony said, per ESPN.

He also racked up 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his seventh triple-double of the season.

The Thunder outscored the Jazz 24-12 the rest of the way, with Utah (13-12) scoring only 14 points in the fourth quarter.

After wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs, OKC dispatched the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, who were coming into the contest on the back of six straight wins.

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With Utah's suffocating defense, Oklahoma City looked lifeless early with only 39 points in the first half and falling behind by as much as 17 in the third. A driving layup by Alec Burks put the Jazz up 72-55 as the Thunder continued to misfire on open shots.

That makes a three game streak of classy performances for Adams, starting with his flawless 27 point game on 11 of 11 shooting, and a three match winning streak for the Thunder.

"One, Russell Westbrook, the MVP of the league, got going in the third quarter", Snyder said. "He gave them a lot of energy and gave them points".

Meanwhile, the Jazz, who had crushed the Washington Wizards by 47 points Monday at Vivint Arena in one of their best games of the season, suddenly looked sluggish in the fourth quarter, as they couldn't make a basket, going just 6 for 20 and turning the ball over at key times.

A tip-in by Steven Adams off an Anthony missed jumper gave OKC some more breathing room with a 97-92 edge and only 43 ticks remaining. Roberson's one of the best defenders in the league.

Paul George had one of his best games in a Thunder uniform, scoring 21 points. "Russell Westbrook turned it up defensively, and that's tough", Snyder said.

After a dreadfully slow start, Oklahoma City (11-12) have now won three successive games - all against playoff contenders.

"It's very satisfying when the bench comes in and we don't retreat, we don't have any lapses", Thunder forward Patrick Patterson said. "We learned our lesson, and we know that we have to continue to fight, and we did that tonight".

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