OKLAHOMA CITY —
Oklahoma City (9-3) held a 22-13 advantage after the first quarter.
“When you are not scoring it puts a lot of pressure on your defense to stop a team to keep the game close,” Utah Forward Marvin Williams said. “Unfortunately for us, the team we had to stop was OKC. That’s how a game can get away from you pretty quickly.”
Utah tried to keep the game close by going to guard Gordon Howard and center Derrick Favors. But the Thunder’s defense on the Jazz’s top two players was solid. They combined for 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.
“We were really good at putting our hands on the ball and helping each other, and protecting the paint,” Durant said. “If we do that, we really give ourselves a chance, no matter how bad we shoot.”
Oklahoma City got production from every player that touched the floor. Forward Perry Jones and Lamb came off the bench and helped spark the team to a 47-30 halftime lead.
“I just utilize what I have, my abilities, and do the best I can for my team whenever I get in,” Jones said. “Whether it’s 30 seconds or however many minutes I played tonight.”
Thunder kept up their attack in the third quarter and slowly began to open up a 30-point lead. Guard Reggie Jackson, who started his first game since the return of Russell Westbrook, drove through the lane for layups.
The only drama came from the verbal back and forth between Durant and Jefferson. After Jefferson was called for a foul on Durant early in the period, the two exchanged words for the rest of the period.
But it did nothing to slow down the Thunder, who took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City kept its starters on the bench in the fourth quarter.