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Hayward's career-best seals Jazz's win

Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 37 points to help the Jazz overcome Oklahoma 112-101 in the NBA.

Last updated: 08 Jan 2014 10:11
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Hayward (R) scored a career-high 37 points, including Utah's final 17 points, in the 112-101 win [AFP]

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.

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 three-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.

Warriors' 10th straight win

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.

David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Golden State, while Stephen Curry contributed 15 points despite connecting on just five 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.

Other results

Elsewhere, Cleveland beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-93, while Chicago topped the Phoenix Suns 92-87.

The Miami Heat rallied from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-88. LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade had 22 to power Miami to the win.

Indiana's Roy Hibbert scored 22 points to help the Pacers top the Toronto Raptors 86-79 for their third consecutive win.

The Dallas Mavericks avoided its longest home losing streak in 14 years by topping the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers 110-97.

The New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons a season-high fifth straight loss, beating them 89-85 after Carmelo Anthony made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left.

The Washington Wizards got 21 points from Bradley Beal to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-83.

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