George Frey, Associated Press
Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden, right, passes the ball past Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — Paul Millsap and C.J. Miles fueled a 12-4 run in the last five minutes of the first half to lift the Utah Jazz to a 52-44 halftime lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

With Utah trailing 41-40, Millsap's two drives to the basket bookended an 8-0 run to give the Jazz a 48-40 lead. Miles scored the other two Utah baskets in that spurt on a dunk and a layup to help the Jazz jump ahead of the top team in the Western Conference.

Miles and Al Jefferson each scored buckets inside to finish Utah's game-changing 12-4 run.

Millsap wound up with 12 first-half points, while Miles and Jefferson had eight points apiece, with Miles scoring six of his eight points in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the first half. Backup point guard Jamaal Tinsley scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with a 3-pointer in just 9 1/2 minutes off the Jazz bench.

Russell Westbrook scored 13 points and Kevin Durant 10 for the Thunder (34-11), which came into Tuesday night's game with the best record in the West and the second-best record in the entire NBA.

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