Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to close the gap in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference. There's much more at stake for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz look to continue their surge and build on their slim lead for the West's final playoff spot Tuesday night when they face the Thunder in what could be a first-round playoff preview. Oklahoma City (56-21) leads the Northwest Division by three games over Denver with five games left in the regular season, so - barring a collapse - the Thunder should emerge with a third straight division title. They're probably much more concerned with entering the playoffs with home-court advantage as the West's top seed, and they trail San Antonio by one game in that race after falling 125-120 to New York on Sunday. "We're good. We've got five more games to go," said forward Kevin Durant, who had 27 points and seven assists. "What's the need to panic for? We're good." The Jazz (41-37) aren't nearly that comfortable. With four contest...
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