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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)
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Even on a night there was not much to say, what Corbin said was pointed.

"We needed a big win," Corbin said. "I didn’t think we gave our best effort in the first half to start off."

The Jazz were outscored 21-9 in the second quarter and had their worst first half of the season, scoring just 29 points. With Kevin Durant struggling — he had just eight points at halftime — the Jazz failed to capitalize, shooting just 22.7 percent before halftime.

"We have to understand that this is an important game for us, and it should hurt us," Carroll said. "But we can’t dwell on it. We just got to come back on Saturday and pick up a win at home."

The Jazz remain half a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff chase, thanks to a Lakers loss in Atlanta.

The Jazz have built this season, like always, on an inside-out style of play anchored by Jefferson and Millsap.

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Not against the Thunder.

"They had us on the perimeter all game long," Corbin said.

At halftime, the Jazz were being outscored 18-6 in the paint.

The Jazz fought back in the second half, which is not to say that they made a charge for the lead. They quite literally nearly started fights.

Carroll railroaded Durant on a fast break, drawing a flagrant foul and nearly igniting a brawl. Later, after Hasheem Thabeet fouled Hayward with a shot to the throat, Marvin Williams and Enes Kanter both received technicals for pushing Thabeet.

"That’s good," Jefferson told Kanter in the locker room. "You stood up for the team."

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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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