NBA: Utah Jazz lose Favors, game in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City • The Jazz rallied behind a surprising group of players in the fourth quarter, but not even they could keep up with the defending Western Conference champions.
The Thunder beat the Jazz 106-94 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, after cutting a once-18-point deficit to 5 with 7:41 remaining.
However, the Thunder (13-4) went on a 9-2 run and the Jazz couldn't recover.
Playing behind Earl Watson, Gordon Hayward, Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, the Jazz (9-8) opened the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run. Kanter, who has been pushed further down the Jazz bench, scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.
The Jazz were without small forward Marvin Williams, who did not dress due to concussion symptoms related to a hard fall Wednesday in New Orleans. During the game, the Jazz lost third-year power forward Derrick Favors to a strained right arch. He played just nine minutes. His status for Saturday is unknown.
Al Jefferson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, the third-most in the NBA.
The Jazz fell to 3-8 on the road, with one more game on this road trip Saturday at Houston before heading home.
Kevin Durant led all players with 25 points, and Russell Westbrook added 23 for the Thunder.