With the Utah Jazz surging back from a 21-point deficit, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan put Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant back into the lineup in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Durant did most of the heavy lifting to maintain the Thunder's lead, scoring eight points in a little over a minute. But it was an alley-oop play to Durant that Westbrook drew up himself in a timeout that sealed the deal for the Thunder.
The lob gave Westbrook his 10th assist and a triple-double in the game. The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater has more on the play:
The surge forced Utah to call a timeout. While in the huddle, Westbrook told Donovan he'd identified a breakdown in the Jazz defense.
“Russell had the awareness that Kevin's man was leaking up on him and a back cut would be open,” Donovan said.
“Throughout the night, you see stuff that happens,” Westbrook said. “I keep stuff in my memory bank. Stuff like that breaks a team down, a crowd.”
Westbrook finished the game with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, perhaps just a taste of things to come in the regular season.