Oklahoma City • Russell Westbrook is out at least a month, but his replacement is giving the Jazz fits so far tonight.
Oklahoma City point guard Reggie Jackson has 10 points and 3 assists and the Thunder have a 49-40 lead over the Utah Jazz at halftime.
Three of Jackson’s points came just before the second quarter ended. With the Jazz trying to set up for the last shot of the half, Gordon Hayward lost his dribble trying to go around an Enes Kanter screen. Jackson picked up the loose ball, drove the length of the floor and finished at the hoop while getting fouled from behind by Kanter.
Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka also has 10 points, fueling the Thunder’s 28-10 points in the paint advantage. Kevin Durant has 5 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Hayward has once again been Utah’s best player through a half of basketball.
The fourth-year forward has 14 points of 5-of-10 shooting.
As a team, the Jazz are shooting 37.8 percent from the field, while allowing the Thunder to shoot 46.2 percent.
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