Williams, Kanter lead Jazz past Oklahoma City, 97-81
Mo Williams scored 15 points and five teammates reached double figures as the Utah Jazz cruised to a 97-81 preseason victory over Oklahoma City on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Second-year center Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds his second straight double-double as Utah improved its record to 1-1.
Perry Jones III led Oklahoma City (0-2) with 14 points. All-Star Kevin Durant finished with nine points, all in the first half. Point guard Russell Westbrook did not play.
In the third quarter, the Jazz outscored the Thunder 26-19 to seize control of the game.
Gordon Hayward scored nine of his 13 points and grabbed five of his seven rebounds in the decisive quarter, when Oklahoma City missed 15 of its 20 field-goal attempts.
The Jazz built a 50-44 halftime lead. Mo Williams scored 10 points in 11 minutes, and Marvin Williams added eight of his 10 points.
Thirteen Jazz players scored in the first half, when Utah shot 42.1 percent from the field but went to the free-throw line 23 times. The Jazz converted 16 free throws.
The Jazz played without veteran forward Paul Millsap, who is attending a family funeral in Atlanta, and Jamaal Tinsley, who is tending to a personal matter.