Jazz 140, Thunder 139, OT

Deron Williams set his career high for points, then was able to
celebrate when the Jazz were finally able to stop Kevin Durant.

Williams’ jumper with 1.1 seconds left in overtime gave Utah a
one-point lead and C.J. Miles clinched it with a disputed block on
Durant’s shot at the buzzer in a 140-139 win over the Oklahoma City
Thunder on Tuesday night.

The Jazz pulled into second place in the Western Conference
standings and ended the Thunder’s four-game winning streak, which
has Oklahoma City also contending with Utah and Denver for the
Northwest Division title.

“It was a huge win for us because they were right on our
heels,” said Williams, who finished with 42 points and 10
assists.

Carlos Boozer had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who
hadn’t scored 140 in almost 20 years.

Durant finished with 45 points as the Thunder and Jazz combined
for the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season, according to
STATS LLC.

“Great game. Classic,” Boozer said. “Both teams scrambled for
balls on the floor, hustled on defense, fought for rebounds. I
mean, it was like a playoff game and I’m proud of us coming with
that W.”

Durant thought he was fouled on a 3-pointer just before the
buzzer that would have won it for the Thunder. He and several
teammates stayed on the court pleading for a call that never came
before the officials were escorted to the tunnel by security.

Miles appeared to get a piece of the ball – and the Thunder
thought he got some of Durant, too.

“The referee didn’t call a foul. You have to go with him. He
had a better look than I had,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks
said. “Sometimes you get those. Sometimes you don’t. We had a good
opportunity to win the game. We didn’t get a stop. That’s the
bottom line.”

The Jazz entered tied with Dallas, Denver and Phoenix in the
Western Conference and managed to move ahead with a thrilling win
over the Thunder, who were going for a four-game sweep of Utah this
season.

It was the most points the Jazz have scored since getting 141
against Denver on Dec. 13, 1990. Utah won its 10th straight at
home.

Even after falling behind by 13 in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma
City came very close to completing the sweep.

Durant brought the Thunder back with four of his seven
3-pointers in the fourth as Oklahoma City rallied to force
overtime.

Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points and nine assists and
Jeff Green scored 20 for the Thunder, including the go-ahead layup
with 5 seconds left in OT.

After Williams hit a 3-pointer to break a 135-all tie with 49
seconds left, Durant drew a foul and made both free throws with 43
seconds remaining. Then the Thunder got a rebound when Williams
missed a jumper with 14.5 seconds left.

After a timeout, Utah’s C.J. Miles almost pressured Durant into
a turnover, but he was able to flip the ball to Green, who drove
for a layup that put Oklahoma City back up 139-138. Utah called
timeout and set up a play for Williams, who swished his shot from
the top of the key with 1.1 seconds left.

“Deron is always focused. I don’t think there’s a game he’s not
focused,” Boozer said. “He played great tonight.”

Jazz fans chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!” during a timeout called by
the Thunder and continued cheering through the ending.

The Thunder got the inbounds pass to Durant, who tried a
turnaround jumper from far outside the 3-point line and was way
short. Durant argued for a foul until Oklahoma City’s coaching
staff led him and the other Thunder players from the court as
confetti dropped from the rafters.

“I just tried to make a play on the ball and get out of
there,” Miles said. “He’s a threat every time he has the ball.
He’s one of the most talented scorers in the league.”

Miles finished with 16 points and Mehmet Okur scored 20 for
Utah.

NOTES: Williams’ previous high was 41 points against Dallas in
December 2007. … Paul Millsap had 15 points for Utah before
fouling out with 4:22 left in OT. … Durant also had seven
rebounds, four assists and two blocks. … The teams took a
combined 78 foul shots. … The Thunder’s Nick Collison hit a
3-pointer at the end of the third quarter – the first in a
regular-season game for the 12th overall pick in the 2003
draft.