Oklahoma City led start to finish and were able to rest their starters. The starters played never more than 30 minutes as Oklahoma City rolled to their largest victory of the season, winning 111-85. Serge Ibaka led the way though. 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Thunder improved to 22-6 on the season, including 10-1 at home. It is OKC’s fifth straight win over Utah.
Oklahoma City jumped out to a 15-4 lead on the Utah Jazz and never looked back. The Jazz did use a 7-1 run to get back into the first quarter, but Daequan Cook hit a nice three-point shot in the first quarter to push the Oklahoma City lead to 25-19 after the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was the James Harden show early on. He has nine points, including two big three-point shots. Oklahoma City led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. The Jazz did get within four points at 31-27 midway through the second quarter, then Harden hit a three. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did the rest. Oklahoma City led by their max at 53-37 very late in the quarter. Jazz would hit a couple of free throws to cut it to 53-39 at the break.
Oklahoma City jumped up big in the second half was much more of the second quarter. The Thunder pushed the lead as high as 21 points when Harden hit a big three to push the lead to 77-56. Utah tried to fight back into it, ending the quarter on a 7-0 run, still trailed Oklahoma City 77-63.
The fourth quarter was the second team show. Reggie Jackson, Harden and Nazr Mohammed really just took over. Jackson finished with 8 assists for the ball game and Oklahoma City outscored Utah by 10 in the fourth, really just extending their final score.
Post Game GradesTurnovers: B
Oklahoma City turned 13 Jazz turnovers into 19 points. The Thunder turned the ball over 15 times. OKC limited the Jazz to just 11 points off those turnovers. Russell Westbrook had four turnovers in 23 minutes. Outside of Westbrook Oklahoma City turned it over just 11 times. Great offense if I have to say so myself.
Kevin Durant: B
I said get Durant more involved and they did. He finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting. He was diving on the floor for loose balls and he was blocking shots. He played 30 minutes, but he was just outstanding. What is even better, he started out just 1-4. Finished 7-10.
Block out!: F
The Jazz had 19 offensive rebounds. They out rebounded the Thunder by 7. I guess in a game like this, it doesn’t really matter. However, Oklahoma City could have just absolutely destroyed this Jazz team had they blocked out. The 19 offensive rebounds accounted for 22 second chance points.
No Thunder thoughts tonight.
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