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NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder outlast Jazz 101-87

Utah, which has now lost 8 of its last 12, can’t keep up with Thunder.



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A quick post-break run led by Hayward made it 58-56 Utah.

But Westbrook continued to run the court at full throttle, gunning through the lane for reverse layups and pulling up for stop-and-pop 2s. Ibaka kept pounding away inside, and when Durant found his touch — drilling a fast-break 3 from the right wing — Oklahoma City turned a seamless 16-4 run into a 72-62 lead with 3:13 left in the third.

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In short » The Jazz start strong but allow Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City to pick them apart.

Key stat » The Thunder attempt 32 free throws to Utah’s 13.

Key moment » Oklahoma City uses a 16-4 third-quarter run to put the Jazz away.

Thunder 101, Jazz 87

FG FT Reb

OK C Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Durant 37:52 6-10 6-6 0-5 2 2 19

Ibaka 33:21 7-10 2-4 5-11 2 1 16

Perkins 31:16 3-5 4-4 3-10 2 5 10

Westbrk 33:44 10-20 7-8 1-6 3 1 28

Cook 23:24 1-9 0-0 0-1 0 2 3

Harden 34:44 2-8 6-8 0-5 2 4 11

Collison 17:26 2-2 0-0 0-4 0 3 4

Mohmmd 13:57 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 6

Jackson 14:16 1-6 2-2 0-1 1 1 4

Totals 240:00 35-74 27-32 10-46 12 20 101

Percentages: FG .473, FT .844. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Durant 1-1, Harden 1-2, Westbrook 1-4, Cook 1-9, Jackson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 17 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Ibaka 2, Jackson, Perkins). Turnovers: 15 (Westbrook 4, Harden 3, Durant 2, Ibaka 2, Collison, Jackson, Mohammed, Perkins). Steals: 10 (Westbrook 5, Harden 2, Collison, Cook, Durant). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Hayward 32:36 6-10 1-2 2-2 4 3 13

Millsap 34:13 4-15 2-2 2-9 4 3 10

Jefferson 34:13 9-18 2-3 1-8 4 2 20

Harris 28:01 5-7 1-2 0-0 7 6 11

Bell 29:40 4-5 2-2 0-2 1 1 13

Howard 15:24 1-5 0-0 0-4 0 2 2

Miles 18:43 4-9 0-0 0-1 1 2 8

Watson 19:36 0-1 0-0 0-1 6 1 0

Favors 13:47 3-6 0-2 0-0 0 1 6

Kanter 13:47 2-4 0-0 1-5 0 0 4

Totals 240:00 38-80 8-13 6-32 27 21 87

Percentages: FG .475, FT .615. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Bell 3-4, Harris 0-1, G.Hayward 0-1, Miles 0-1, Howard 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (G.Hayward 2, Jefferson). Turnovers: 15 (Harris 4, Jefferson 2, Kanter 2, Millsap 2, Watson 2, Favors, Howard, Miles). Steals: 8 (G.Hayward 2, Millsap 2, Favors, Harris, Howard, Watson). Technical Fouls: None.

Oklahoma City 27 22 25 27 — 101

Utah 30 14 21 22 — 87

Attendance » 19,911. Time » 2:17.

Officials » Ken Mauer, Tommy Nunez, Leon Wood.

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Again, the Jazz’s second unit gave the team life.

Rookie center Enes Kanter punished Thunder reserve Nick Collison on the low block, and when a mid-range jumper by Josh Howard pulled Utah within five, Brooks called an immediate timeout.

OKC’s second game-stopper was a game-changer.

The Thunder rolled off another smooth run, and by the time Brooks was about to put Westbrook and Durant back on the court, the Jazz were staring at an 85-73 deficit and the realization their future isn’t about to get any easier anytime soon.

"I’ve been in this position a lot of times in my career. And if I have to be in this position, I’m glad I’m in it with these guys," Jefferson said. "Because everybody in here is a fighter. Nobody likes to lose. And everybody is going to find a way to get this back on track."

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