It looked like it was going to be tougher than this. After one quarter the Utah Jazz led Oklahoma City 30-27 and looked like a team that was ready to play tonight.
The Thunder were just too talented, as they so often are for their opponents.
Russell Westbrook had the best game for Oklahoma City scoring 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting. He also had three assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Westbrook was especially efficient with his pull-up jumper in the game and when he’s hitting that shot, he’s just an impossible cover.
A real key to the Thunder victory was the production from their bigs. Oklahoma City usually relies almost entirely on Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden to score but tonight got 36 points from their four big men.
Serge Ibaka led the way with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Kendrick Perkins added a rare double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Then Nick Collison and Nazr Mohammed combined for 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The real weakness of the Jazz was revealed in this game. They just had no interior presence on the defensive end. Everything was so easy for the Thunder tonight. It seemed like they were getting way more good looks than they normally do.
One blemish on the Oklahoma City win was a poor shooting night by Daequan Cook. Cook went 1-of-9 from three in the game, again starting in place of Thabo Sefolosha, who should return for the next Thunder game after missing the previous nine.
This isn’t the first time that the Thunder won the game so easily because of simply how much more talented they were than their opponent. To think that the Jazz had 27 assists in the game compared to just 12 for the Thunder and the Thunder still win by 14 is pretty amazing.
The Thunder would get to the line 32 times in the game while Utah attempted just 13 free throws.
Durant was quiet overall in this game with just 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The Thunder did run a lot of isolation for him early on whenever Gordon Hayward was on him.
The Thunder (21-6) are off the next three nights before they will play Utah (13-12) again in their next game on Tuesday, Feb. 14.