In a game that had little competitive feel, Utah was quietly putting together a mild threat.

The Jazz had scored 27 points in the final six minutes of the third quarter on Sunday, quickly slicing a 28-point Thunder lead to 12.

It wasn’t danger time in Oklahoma City. But it was about time to put the foot back on the gas pedal.

And who better than Kevin Durant. As the third-quarter clock ticked down, the MVP frontrunner splashed in a contested 3-pointer, lifting the lead back to 15 and shifting momentum back to OKC for good. Final: Thunder 116, Jazz 96.

“It was tough,” Jazz forward Marvin Williams said of the shot. “It was a big three. It almost took the wind out of your sails.”

“They understand the moment,” Jazz coach Ty Corbin added. “They tend to make big plays at big moments and Durant is certainly one of the best in the league at doing it.”

Because of that shot — and the bench’s ability to stretch the lead in the fourth quarter — Durant didn’t have to play another second. And to extend his remarkable streak to 38 straight games of 25-plus points, he didn’t need to.