The Norman Transcript


February 13, 2013

Utah stops Thunder win streak in its tracks



A steal by Tinsley then set up Millsap at the other end, giving Utah an 80-67 lead with 2:57 left in the third.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Durant and a floater by Perkins helped get Oklahoma City within 86-79 going into the fourth.

Jefferson then scored two baskets and Burks another for a 92-79 Utah lead.

The Thunder was pretty much done after that, with both teams sitting starters the final 51⁄2 minutes.

Oklahoma City shot nearly 56 percent, while the Jazz were at 48.3 percent. But Utah took 19 more shots thanks to a 38-26 edge in rebounding.

The Thunder led 42-41 with 5:23 left in the second only to see Utah surge ahead 56-46 on a 15-4 run. It started with Randy Foye’s 20-foot jumper after he returned to the court after bruising his right quad, continued with a steal and fast-break layup by Watson and ended with another pump-fake jumper by Jefferson with 2:27 left.

The Jazz also took advantage of scrappy play by Carroll, who had a seven-point quarter, and rough play by Perkins.

Perkins was called for a technical foul with 4:09 left in the quarter after jawing with Watson, then earned a flagrant foul with an elbow across Jefferson’s neck less than two minutes later.

Utah took a 58-52 lead into the break despite shooting just 43.8 percent. The Jazz dominated the offensive boards, holding an 11-4 advantage at halftime. They had a 13-0 edge on second-chance points.

The win gave the Jazz 20 victories at home this season, and evened the season series with the Thunder after they lost by 12 on Nov. 30. They head to Minnesota before the All-Star break.

NOTES: Gordon Hayward will rest his sprained right shoulder through the All-Star break after getting through only three-fourths of practice Monday before feeling pain passing across his body. ... Jazz PG Mo Williams headed to New York on Tuesday night and was scheduled to have two pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb Wednesday. If all goes well, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said it’s just a matter of Williams getting mobility back in his hand. He will be fitted with a support brace. There was no timetable for his return but he will have missed 26 games because of the injury.

(30 overall) through the break. ... Thunder G Kevin Martin was back in action after sitting out Sunday’s game with flu-like symptoms. ... Thunder G Jeremy Lamb remained inactive with a lower-back strain. ... Westbrook hit his first five shots.

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