The crowd at EnergySolutions Arena seemed unsettled late in the fourth quarter, as calls, one after another, went against the home team, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s superstar forward mounted a comeback charge.

By the time Kevin Durant stepped to the line and hit a pair of free throws with 4:51 left on the clock, the Utah Jazz’s 24-point lead was down to five. Durant, playing his third game in four nights, and on the floor without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and his regular starting power forward, Serge Ibaka, would go on to tie a season-high with 48 points, proving why he is one of the NBA’s top players.

An inspiring performance. Just ask Gordon Hayward.

"You always bring it against the best," the Jazz swingman said after the game.

Hayward answered Durant’s free throws with a 3-pointer, and then another. He earned a trip to the foul line himself, then nailed a long 2.

In the end, the Jazz’s young co-captain scored his team’s final 17 points, holding off the surging Thunder 112-101 Tuesday night.

"I was in the zone a little bit tonight," Hayward said after finishing with a career-high 37 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.