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November 24, 2013

Thunder ice Jazz in blowout win

Westbrook sits out game to rest

OKLAHOMA CITY — With only one victory under his belt this season, Utah coach Tyrone Corbin decided to shake things up. Not only did he change his starting lineup, he said he wanted to slow down the pace his team played at.

Neither seemed to work Sunday when the Jazz traveled to Oklahoma City. Utah matched a season low in points scored as they fell to the Thunder 95-73 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“It’s very frustrating,” Corbin said. “Against this ball club here on their floor, I felt we would have more energy right from the beginning of the game. But (Oklahoma City) was the aggressor.”

Forward Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help pace the Thunder. Forward Kevin Durant added 19 points on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Guard Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 15 points in the win.

“I think we were really focused from start to finish,” Thabo Sefolosha said. “We put a good game together. And that was important, especially in front of our home crowd.”

Utah had only two players reach double figures in scoring. Center Eric Kanter and forward Rudy Gobert each scored 10 points to lead the Jazz off the bench. Forward Richard Jefferson and center Derrick Favors posted eight points each.

The Jazz (1-14) were on pace to set a season low in points until guard Alec Burks hit a free throw with 8.9 seconds left in the game to match the 73 points it scored Nov. 8 against Chicago.

Utah didn’t help its cause at all on the night. It shot 39 percent from the field and was just 13-for-29 from the free-throw line. The Jazz were also outrebounded 46-33.

Despite playing without Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City started its game against Utah in a business-like manner. Ibaka put it on display in the first quarter when he scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. That included him flying in to grab a rebound and tip dunk back over the Jazz front line.

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