Hayward's career-high 37 sees Jazz defeat Thunder
January 9, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 37 points, including Utah's final 17 points, to help the Jazz overcome Kevin Durant's 48 points and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-101 in the NBA on Tuesday.
In other games around the league, the Golden State Warriors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-80 for their 10th straight win, the struggling Sacramento Kings surprised the Portland Trail Blazers with a 123-119 victory at home, and Cleveland and Chicago both won games after a Monday night trade sent Luol Deng to the Cavaliers for center Andrew Bynum.
Hayward went 13 for 16 from the field and had 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Jazz. After the Thunder sliced a 24-point Jazz lead to 99-94, he made five straight jumpers — two of them 3-pointers — in his personal 17-7 run to clinch Utah's fourth straight home win.
Derrick Favors had 15 and Marvin Williams scored 12 as the Jazz stopped the Thunder's eight-game road winning streak.
Durant matched this season's NBA-high scoring total, which he set against the Timberwolves on Saturday.
The Warriors' 10-game winning streak is their longest since their NBA-title season in 1975.
David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Golden State, while Stephen Curry contributed 15 points despite connecting on just 5 of 18 shots. Klay Thompson also scored 15 points.
The Warriors, playing their sixth game of a seven-city trip, led by just two at the half against the Bucks, who have the NBA's worst record. Golden State broke open the game with a 23-7 run to start the third quarter.
Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 13 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 32 points as the Kings held off a furious rally to beat the Trail Blazers.
Cousins and Gay provided the spark for a 32-12 run starting at the end of the third quarter that put Sacramento ahead by 19 points.
Damian Lillard scored 26 of his 41 points in the final period to pull Portland within two in the final minute. But the Kings made just enough free throws to hold off the Blazers, who have lost four of their last six games.