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Utah Jazz lose Favors, game in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots between Utah Jazz forwards Paul Millsap (24) and DeMarre Carroll (3) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) releases a shot over Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams (5) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka talks with official Eli Roe (44) after a foul call in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) grabs a rebound in front of Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson (11) i the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5), guard Kevin Martin (23) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, left, shoots in front of Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) shoots in front of Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson and guard Jamaal Tinsley, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shouts to his team in the fouth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin (23) go up for a rebound in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 106-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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“I think that was pivotal,” said backup point guard Earl Watson. “We had a chance to score. I don’t know what the score was, but it would have changed the momentum significantly.”

Coach Tyrone Corbin was called for a technical foul, which further boosted the Thunder, who went on a 13-6 run after the Jazz pulled within five.

“I thought it was a huge play,” Corbin said. “We had the ball, we had a chance to get a possession and get to the basket. I thought he hit our guy and got his hands on the ball, but the referee saw it a different way and we had to deal with it.”

The Jazz trailed just 22-20 at the end of the first quarter, having avoided the slow first start that plagued them in nearly every other game this season. However, led by Kevin Martin, the Thunder pulled away in the second quarter. The first-year Oklahoma City guard, acquired before the season in the James Harden trade, scored nine points in the quarter.

After the Jazz tied the game at 25 on a 3-pointer by Gordon Hayward, who scored 13 points and was among six Jazz players to reach double figures, the Thunder ran off a 10-2 run.

“This is who these guys are,” Corbin said, “they’re going to make some runs.”

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Jazz lose yet another key player to injury as Oklahoma City runs its offense with ease.

At a glance

Storylines

IN SHORT » Enes Kanter scores a season-high 18 points, but the Jazz can’t keep up with the defending Western Conference champions.

KEY MOMENT » Derrick Favors leaves the game in the second quarter with a strained arch in his right foot.

KEY STAT » Russell Westbrook leads Oklahoma City with 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

Jazz at Rockets

At the Toyota Center (Houston)

Tipoff » Saturday, 6 p.m.

TV » ROOT Sports

Radio » 1280 AM, 97.5 FM

Season series » Jazz 1-0

About the Jazz » After Friday’s 106-94 loss at Oklahoma City, the Jazz are 3-9 on the road. ... In his first game back from injury, Mo Williams scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against the Thunder. ... Forward Marvin Williams (concussion symptoms) is doubtful while Derrick Favors (strained right arch) is questionable.

About the Rockets » Former Thunder sixth man James Harden leads the Rockets with 24.5 points per game. ... The Rockets lost at Utah 102-91 on Nov. 19, but have won three of four since. ... Five of Houston’s seven wins have come at home.

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