Utah Jazz defeat Oklahoma City Thunder, 109-94
NBA • Even with Miami looming Thursday, Jazz coach says OKC playing at a ‘high pace’
Published: February 13, 2013 05:19PM
Updated: February 13, 2013 05:47PM
Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah's Randy Foye hangs from the rim after throwing down a monster dunk during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.


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Al Jefferson scored 23 points and Paul Millsap added 18 to lead the Utah Jazz to a 109-94 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points to pace the Thunder. Russell Westbrook added 22.

Hoping to snap a two-game losing streak, the Jazz started slowly.

They converted only one of their first seven possessions and found themselves trailing, 7-2, four minutes into the game.

Millsap got Utah started, however, with six quick points.

Down 16-12, DeMarre Carroll capped a 16-8 run with a late three-pointer that gave the Jazz a late 28-24 lead.

In the second quarter, Oklahome City moved back in front, 38-36.

It was still 42-41 when Randy Foye scored and Earl Watson converted a Thunder turnover into a layup.

Over the next three minutes, Utah outscored Oklahoma City, 15-4. The Jazz built a 56-46 lead before settling for a 58-52 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter, it was 67-61 before Jamaal Tinsley buried two three-point shots and Alec Burks added another.

A 13-6 run gave Utah an 80-67 lead, but Durant scored eight points in the final 1:55 to keep the Thunder close.

The Jazz open the fourth quarter with an 86-79 lead and, stunningly, dominate Oklahoma City behind the play of Derrick Favors, Burks, Watson and Jefferson.