As he strolled to the free-throw line, Nick Collison stared up at the scoreboard, trying his best to think about not thinking. With his team trailing by one with 4.5 seconds remaining, Collison used every mind trick in his might to forget the Thunder’s season-worst shooting at the stripe. Oklahoma City, the league’s best foul shooting team at 80.1 percent, had made 12 of 26 attempts when Collison stepped to the line. Collison had missed three of his first four by the time he had a chance to decide the team’s fate. Collison launched the first attempt, rolling it around every inch of the rim before it fell through. Tie game. "It was definitely a relief when it went in,” Collison said. The second was never in doubt. But the party didn’t start for a sellout New Year’s Eve crowd of 18,203 inside the Ford Center until Ronnie Price short-armed a 21-footer from the right baseline that wrapped up an 87-86 Thunder win over Utah on Thursday night. As Price’s shot ricocheted off the side of the rim, Kevin Durant jumped up and down, letting out a ferocious roar. His Thunder teammates met him at halfcourt with chest bumps and high-fives. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan berated the refs, seemingly for the foul call on Paul Millsap that sent Collison to the line. And balloons and confetti rained down from the rafters. The Thunder won its fifth straight game, moving to 18-14 despite myriad mistakes that saw Utah score 62 points in the paint, the Thunder shoot a season-low 50 percent from the free-throw line (14-for-28) and Oklahoma City turn the ball over 20 times. "Missed free throws, that’s surprising,” Brooks said. "We don’t expect that going into any game...But that was nice to see Nick, after a bad free throw shooting game, make two. That’s a great feeling for him.” The Thunder’s previous low from the free-throw line was 60.9 percent against Dallas on Dec. 19. Collison could have given the Thunder a three-point lead with 1:05 remaining but missed the foul shot of a potential three-point play. Jazz guard Deron Williams, however, did capitalize at the line at the other end and gave the Jazz a one-point lead with 58.1 seconds remaining after his three-point play. But the Thunder, like it has over the course of this streak, came up with stops when it needed it most down the stretch. The defensive possession of the game came on a shot clock violation with 12.5 seconds remaining, when Thabo Sefolosha smothered Williams and gave the Thunder a final chance. Durant missed an 18-footer from the right wing, but Russell Westbrook (eight points, 10 assists) kept the ball alive before it bounced into Collison’s hands under the rim and lead to the game-winning shots. "We’re finding a way to win games,” Collison said. "We’ve been talented for a long time. But now we are finding a way to win games. ... Defensively, we’re a lot more solid and it’s helping us win.” The Thunder overcame turnovers, missed free throws and, at times, deficient defense in the first half to take a 48-46 lead at the break. Oklahoma City had nine first-half turnovers and went just 9-for-15 from the foul line while allowing the Jazz to score 34 points in the paint. But the Jazz couldn’t capitalize because it couldn’t connect from anywhere outside the painted area. Utah’s Mehmet Okur, Deron Williams, Millsap and C.J. Miles shot a combined 5-for-22 from the field. Text "OKTHUNDER” to 65360 for your chance to win an Adidas OKC Thunder Warm-up Jersey. NewsOK OKC Thunder news text alerts sponsored by Totally Tickets.