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Utah Jazz blown out by OKC, but remain in playoff hunt
Unless the Jazz start doing a better job of slowing the likes Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0), their playoff chances appear to be getting more slim by the day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots in front of Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin gestures during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (40) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet (34) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Jazz center Al Jefferson, here giving up a basket to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, had been criticized for his defensive shortcomings. But Utah coach Ty Corbin says the Jazz's defensive issues are bigger than Jefferson.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder forwards Nick Collison (4) and Serge Ibaka (9) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives against Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll (3) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots in front of Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll (3) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) gets to a loose ball before Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson (11) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin (23) shoots in front of Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Oklahoma City won 110-87. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma City • DeMarre Carroll insists the Utah Jazz are "in the hunt."

So was Bambi’s mom.

The playoffs remain within reach for a Jazz team that has done everything imaginable to keep it from being so. But no loss, not even Wednesday’s 110-87 beatdown against the defending-conference champion Thunder counts more than the others when it comes to the standings.

In regards to the suffocating weight it places on a team, well, that might be a different matter.

After watching his listless team get destroyed by Oklahoma City, coach Tyrone Corbin questioned the effort from his starters, who were outscored 59-26 by the Thunder in front of a sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Of his second unit, which didn’t fare much better, Corbin spat, "At least they played hard."

Four nights had passed since the Jazz were manhandled in New York, losing by 29 points to the Knicks.

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"That’s very concerning, not just scoring double figures," Corbin said, "but it’s the way we played."

No Jazz starter scored in double figures as the Jazz were led in scoring by 20 points from Gordon Hayward, although most of those came after the game was well out of hand.

Locker rooms are sacred places in the NBA, a safe place for honest words and sharp evaluations. Asked what Corbin’s message was to a team that lost for the eighth time in 10 games and was blown out on the road for the second time in four days, Al Jefferson said, "I don’t think there was no message. Chewing our ass out."

Paul Millsap, who stood next to Jefferson, chimed in.

"You ask him what the message was?" Millsap said. "He said it. It was his message."

Oh, brother.

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Jazz sluggish at start, ready to brawl at end of another road loss.

At a glance

Highlights

O The Jazz shoot a season-low 35 percent from the field and commit 20 turnovers.

» Three Jazz players receive technical fouls.

» Oklahoma City outscores the Jazz 21-9 in the second quarter.

Thunder 110, Jazz 87

FG FT Reb

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

Carroll 19:05 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 0

Millsap 19:33 1-5 5-8 3-7 1 3 7

Jefferson 24:12 4-13 0-0 2-7 1 2 8

M Wllms 21:09 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 3 5

Foye 18:03 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 6

Favors 24:30 3-6 0-0 2-3 2 4 6

Burks 12:25 2-8 2-2 2-2 1 1 7

Hayward 27:53 6-14 7-8 1-1 3 1 20

MaWlms 23:43 2-5 0-0 0-5 2 0 4

Kanter 23:10 3-6 6-6 2-5 0 4 12

Watson 19:04 2-4 5-6 1-2 6 1 9

Evans 4:26 1-1 1-3 0-0 0 1 3

Murphy 2:47 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 28-80 26-33 13-35 21 25 87

Percentages: FG .350, FT .788. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Foye 2-4, M. Williams 1-1, Burks 1-2, Hayward 1-6, Watson 0-1, Ma.Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 20 (25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Favors 5, Jefferson). Turnovers: 18 (M. Williams 4, Foye 2, Jefferson 2, Kanter 2, Millsap 2, Watson 2, Carroll, Favors, Hayward, Murphy). Steals: 13 (Millsap 3, Ma.Williams 2, M. Williams 2, Carroll, Evans, Foye, Hayward, Kanter, Watson). Technical Fouls: Ma.Williams, 11:46 fourth Kanter, 11:46 fourth Hayward, 10:23 fourth.

Flagrant Fouls: Carroll, 5:47 third.

FG FT Reb

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

Durant 28:54 7-13 8-9 0-10 0 2 23

Ibaka 25:31 4-6 2-2 2-3 0 4 10

Perkins 26:38 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 4 0

Westbrk 28:08 6-11 7-9 1-7 9 0 19

Sefolsha 26:02 2-4 2-2 1-4 1 2 7

Martin 22:32 5-10 4-4 0-2 1 1 15

Collison 19:21 2-3 2-3 1-6 5 2 6

Fisher 19:04 4-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 10

Jackson 19:52 4-8 2-2 2-6 2 2 12

Thabeet 14:30 0-2 0-0 3-4 0 5 0

Brewer 4:44 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 4

Jones 4:44 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4

Totals 240:00 37-69 29-33 11-48 20 27 110

Percentages: FG .536, FT .879. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Fisher 2-3, Jackson 2-4, Durant 1-2, Sefolosha 1-2, Martin 1-4, Westbrook 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 25 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Durant 2, Collison, Ibaka, Sefolosha, Thabeet, Westbrook). Turnovers: 24 (Durant 8, Westbrook 5, Perkins 4, Fisher 3, Ibaka 2, Jackson, Thabeet). Steals: 9 (Collison 3, Ibaka, Jackson, Jones, Martin, Sefolosha, Westbrook). Technical Fouls: Westbrook, 5:47 third Defensive three second, 11:49 fourth Thabeet, 11:46 fourth.

Flagrant Fouls: Thabeet, 11:46 fourth.

Utah 19 9 28 31 — 87

Oklahoma City 29 21 29 31 — 110

Attendance » 18,203

Time » 2:34.

Officials » Scott Foster, Leroy Richardson, John Goble.


 
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