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Utah Jazz lose ground in loss to Thunder, fall out of playoff position
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) loses control of the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) follows. The Utah Jazz hosted Oklahoma City Thunder April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) draws a foul against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during a game April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) battles Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) during a game April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) battles Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during a game April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) slams a dunk over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during a game in Salt Lake City on April 9, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks against Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during a game  April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) and Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) battle during a game April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) and Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) clash during a game April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) scores 15 points with 11 rebounds. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) holsters his "shooters." Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) pressure Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson (15). Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher (6) and Reggie Jackson (15) pressure Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8). Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) goes up with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0). Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz Gordon Hayward (20) has his fans. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) topples into Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Nick Collison (4). Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) passes over Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35). Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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A fan of Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15). Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) scores 19 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80, April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) battles Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) for a rebound. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) battles Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) for the rebound. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 April 9, 2013, at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City,
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“I thought the fight we had defensively was nice,” Gordon Hayward said. “We just got to be able to execute more offensively, attack them a little more. I thought we played too passively there in the first half.”

Mo Williams led four Jazz starters in double figures with 19 points, while Al Jefferson recorded his 36th double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. However, the Jazz committed 17 turnovers, which led to 16 Oklahoma City points.

Asked if the turnovers were due to the Thunder’s defense or were a product of sloppy play by the Jazz, Jefferson said, “They were turnovers, so it don’t matter. They were turnovers that we didn’t need.”

Oklahoma City’s combo of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 46 points. Power forward Serge Ibaka added 16, including 10 in the third quarter as the Jazz could never quite put together a run.

The Jazz got within four in the final minute, but like throughout the game, Oklahoma City had an answer.

“They got stops when they needed it,” Jefferson said, “and hit big shots when we were making our runs.”

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The Jazz have two nights off before hosting Minnesota on Friday, enough time, they hope, for Marvin Williams to get over what ails him and for Burks to get back to full strength.

On what made for late-night TV in Utah, the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a second-half deficit to beat the New Orleans Hornets. DeMarre Carroll prepared to exit the Jazz locker room when that game was at halftime, with the Hornets up four. Carroll said he had no plans to watch the end.

“All we can handle is winning the last three games. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be, but we really got to take care of our business and we can’t really count on other people.”

Re the Jazz capable of winning their final three games?

“That might be what we have to do,” Hayward said.

boram@sltrib.comTwitter: @tribjazz

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At a glance

Highlights

O The Jazz fall a half game behind the Lakers for eighth place with three games remaining in the regular season

» Mo Williams leads the Jazz with 19 points and 6 assists, but commits 5 turnovers.

Western Conference playoff race

W L GB

5. Memphis 53 25 41/2

6. Golden State 45 33 121/2

7. Houston 44 34 131/2

W L GB

8. L.A. Lakers 41 37 161/2

9. Utah 41 38 17

10. Dallas 38 39 19


 
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