The Oklahoma City Thunder kept their winning streak going defeating the Utah Jazz 103-89 on the back of great games from Paul George and Russell Westbrook. George had an efficient two-way game finishing with 26 points, five rebounds, and six steals while Westbrook had a great all-around game finishing with 27 points 10 rebounds and 10 assists to complete his 11th triple-double for the season.
Paul George was fantastic against the Utah Jazz scoring 26 points on 10-of-17 shots at 58.8 percent. George wasn’t only great for his scoring but it was his defense that made his game so fantastic but his pressure on the defensive side of the ball that was so influential and the reason the Thunder got the win over the Jazz. George recorded six steals and two blocks that gave the Thunder its defensive edge and shut down the Jazz shooters.
Paul George is really an incredible defender.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 24, 2017
Defending three-point shooters
Before tonight’s game against the Thunder, the Jazz was the sixth-ranked three-point shooting percentage with 38.1 percent. Tonight against the Thunder the Jazz shot 6-of-26 at 23.1 percent. The Thunder did a terrific job of both pressuring the Jazz off the line and when the Jazz did get a shot up the Thunder were always there with a hand in their face and not giving up open three’s.
Steven Adams said Thunder’s physicality on defense was difference tonight vs. game against Hawks: pic.twitter.com/gj5QzLw2ql
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 24, 2017
The Thunder had one objective coming into this game against the Jazz and that was to protect the ball and they did that. The Thunder had seven turnovers for the game which is just fantastic, the Thunder are averaging 14.8 turnovers per game, Westbrook was the key to the Thunder keeping the ball safe with his play and he did a terrific job of keeping control of his game. Westbrook finished with two turnovers for the game and did a great job of not getting reckless or trying to force the game Westbrook let the game come to him and it is exactly what the Thunder needed from him.
Thunder have scored 20 points from Jazz turnovers where the Jazz have scored 5 off Thunder turnovers. That's a big reason Thunder are winning here only turned it over 6 times is fantastic
— Thunder Digest (@ThunderDigest) December 24, 2017
The Thunders bench got outscored 34-22 against the Jazz. Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson were the only players off the bench to give the Thunder any production finishing the game with six and nine points. Patterson shot 50 percent from both the field and deep shooting 2-of-4 and 1-of-2 from three.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!