The Thunder's stakes were a bit lower Tuesday, though still significant; for them, Tuesday's win meant they're now half a game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Utah is now 41-38, and has fallen percentage points behind the 40-37 Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth spot in the playoffs out of the West. That percentage-point discrepancy will normalize, as the Lakers have five games left--one late Tuesday against the New Orleans Hornets--to Utah's three.
Utah was down 84-78 in the final minute before forcing a shot-clock violation on the Thunder. Paul Millsap quickly answered with a slam for the Jazz, making the score 84-80 with 23.4 seconds left. But Kevin Durant hit two free throws to give Oklahoma City a six-point lead.
Durant had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder.