The Oklahoma City Thunder used 16 points and 11 rebounds from Serge Ibaka. Kendrick Perkins chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Thunder used a second half surge to pull away from the Utah Jazz for a 101-87 victory.
Oklahoma City jumped out to a quick 9-6 lead, but Utah was able to corral the Thunder into nine first half turnovers. Utah had a lead as much as six before Oklahoma City made their run. Oklahoma City trailed 36-30 midway in the third quarter, but used a 19-8 run to close the half. Oklahoma City led 49-44 after two quarters.
The Thunder were able to push the lead to as many as 10 points off a Daequan cook three point basket with 3:50 left to go in the third quarter. Jazz would cut it down to as much as five, but Kevin Durant would not go quietly. Oklahoma City pushed the lead up to 74-65 after three quarters.
The Jazz did not want to go down though. Came out heating up in the fourth. Utah went on a 8-2 run to start the quarter. The reserves for Oklahoma City responded with a 7-0 run of their own in the next two minutes. Oklahoma City led 85-73 with 6:56 remaining.
Durant and Russell Westbrook would come in and push the lead up to 15 points. Utah would get it down to nine points, but could get no closer. Oklahoma City went into a tough Salt Lake City and improved their record to 21-6, and 12-5 on the road. Utah dropped to 13-12 on the season and 11-5 at home.
Post Game Grades
Extra Possessions: B-
Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz turned the ball over about the same amount (17-14) but Utah still had seven extra shot attempts, that led to three extra made buckets for the Jazz. However, Oklahoma City did great limiting the extra opportunities. They limited the Jazz to just six offensive rebounds.
OKC just had 12 assists. I don’t know what else to say about this. Oklahoma City has 25 assists in the past two games. Utah had 27 tonight. Can’t really complain too much when Oklahoma City wins by 14, can we?
Make Shots: B
The Thunder made their shots. They made 47.3% of their baskets. A bit down from halftime, but improved on the three-point shooting in the second half. OKC was 1-10 from deep in the first half. They were 3-10 in the second half. Sometimes they just don’t go down, Oklahoma City never really gave up and it paid off in the second half.
- Kevin Durant took 10 shots. That’s amazing, especially thinking he took 33 shots just against Portland. He was efficient. 19 points on 6-10 shooting. He finished 6-6 from the free throw line.
- Russell Westbrook was impressive . He shot 50% from the floor, finished with 28 points. He had just three assists and four turnovers. Like I said, hard to argue when they’re winning like they are.
- For the first time in a few weeks, the second team came into the game and pushed the lead up. I think it was one of the keys on why Oklahoma City was able to really extend the lead to double digits.
- How about the big men for Oklahoma City? Serge Ibaka 16 points, 11 rebounds. Kendrick Perkins 10 points, 10 rebounds. I can’t even remember the last time, if it’s ever happened, that both big men had a double-double in the same game.
- To continue on the big men domination, how about the total rebounding though? OKC out rebounded the Jazz 46-32 tonight. It was really big in the fourth quarter. After three quarters, the Thunder led the rebounding 36-25. OKC out rebounded Utah 12-7 in the fourth, including two offensive rebounds that went back up for points.
- Some people said the Thunder were getting the benefit of the whistles? Really? Jazz 21, OKC 20. That’s the total fouls tonight. It just happened that Oklahoma City went to the line more than the Jazz. It happens. I don’t think it was a badly called game.
- Where is James Harden? Thankfully, OKC is heading home where Harden thrives when he’s playing. Harden finished a very remedial 2-8 from the floor for 11 points. I honestly didn’t know he had 11 points until I was typing this up. The crazy things you learn at the box score.
- Someone needs to tell Reggie Jackson to quit shooting three-point shots. He’s 8-34 on the season from behind the arc. Including a really poor 0-4 tonight.
- Honestly, the first half might have been one of the worst first halves this season for the Thunder. 9 turnovers, just really sloppy. However, they still led by five points at the break.
- That said, the defense was great. held the Jazz to under 46% shooting for the first half. They forced 8 turnovers and ended up with 10 steals on the night.
- Never thought I would hear myself say this: I miss Thabo Sefolosha.
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