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Westbrook triple double as Thunder down Jazz

SEVENTH OF THE SEASON 

LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook bagged a second consecutive triple double as the Oklahoma City (OKC) Thunder staged a late rally to sink the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday.
Westbrook, who had guided the Thunder to a victory over San Antonio on Sunday with his seventh triple of the season, bagged his eighth of the campaign in a 100-94 win at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) finished with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists as OKC improved to 11-12 in the Western Conference standings.
Paul George had 21 points and New Zealand center Steven Adams 20 while Carmelo Anthony added 14 for the home side.
Donovan Mitchell led the scoring for Utah with 31 points while Joe Ingles had 16 points.
Westbrook's virtuoso performance helped dig the Thunder out of a hole after Utah raced into a 28-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Utah led 47-39 at half-time and jumped out to an 80-68 lead heading into the final quarter.
But with Utah seemingly poised for victory, the Thunder exploded in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Jazz 32-14 to win.
"Russell Westbrook, the MVP of the league, got going," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.
"I thought in the third quarter he gave them a lot of energy and gave them points.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Devin Booker's scintillating run of recent form came to an unhappy end as the Phoenix Suns prodigy was carried off the court in his team's defeat to the Toronto Raptors.
Booker, who had scored 46 points on Monday and 38 points on Saturday, was helped away at the end of the fourth quarter after bagging 19 points.
Toronto claimed a 126-113 win to improve to 15-7 as Phoenix fell to 9-17.
Kyle Lowry was the key figure for the Raptors, finishing with 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
The Raptors were in control throughout, leading by 18 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Phoenix rallied to cut the lead to 10 with 8 minutes 44 seconds to play, but Lowry pushed Toronto back in front by 14 with a three-pointer with just over five minutes left.
DeMar DeRozan was also influential for Toronto, bagging 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Serge Ibaka had 19 points, while OG Anunoby (16), CJ Miles had (15), Jakob Poeltl (13), Fred VanVleet (13) also made double figures.
Phoenix team officials meanwhile later said Booker appeared to have suffered an adductor strain.
In Tuesday's other game, the Washington Wizards (13-11) defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 106-92 after a dazzling 51-point display from Bradley Beal. 

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