Nov 30, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Utah Jazz guard guard Earl Watson (11) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jazz Climb Back, Fall Short to Thunder

It’s always tough to play in OKC, especially when you are missing a starter and your best defender leaves after just 9 minutes.  That was the case when the Jazz lost 106-94.  Kevin Durant had 25 points and 4 blocks and Westbrook had a monster stat line with 23 points 13 rebounds 8 assists and 7 steals.

Derrick Favors left in the 2nd quarter after straining his right arch.  The Jazz were outscored 32-22 in the 2nd that ultimately was the difference in the game.  The Jazz started out strong with Carroll starting in place of the injured Marvin Williams (concussion like symptoms). Foye hit 4 threes in the 1st quarter and kept the Jazz close before Kevin Martin came in and took over the 2nd with 13 points. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap had an awful first half shooting just 2-11 combined.

The game looked out of reach when Earl Watson checked in at the 1 minute mark in the 3rd quarter.  The Jazz then went on a 20-7 run until an obvious foul on Westbrook wasn’t called which led to a Durant dunk on the other side.  Tyrone Corbin was whistled for a technical after the play, leading to a 5 point swing in favor of OKC and pushing the lead to 10 and out of reach.  Watson dished out 8 assists in just 13 minutes of play.

The difference in the game was 14 blocks by the Thunder including 7 by Ibaka.  Nothing came easy as the Jazz shot a measly 41% for the game.  The Thunder also shot 24-33 on free throws and the Jazz had just 12 attempts missing only one.  The Jazz and Thunder have quick turnarounds with games on the road against Houston and New Orleans respectively.

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