OKC Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Game Grades

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz at home last night 106-94 to improve to 13-4 on the year.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Thunder who have been playing great basketball of late. OKC shot 52.0 percent in the game while Utah shot just 41.3 percent.

The Thunder moved the ball very well racking up 21 assists as a team in the game.

OKC had a comfortable lead by the third quarter but Utah didn’t roll over and die. They came back some and kept it within single-figure for a little before Russell Westbrook took over with his energy.

Here are the Game Grades:

Kevin Durant – 41 minutes, 25 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists – B+

Durant shot very well in the game making 8-of-13 shots. He did not settle for many jumpers and instead focused on attacking the paint. This worked out as he picked up a few assists and also some hockey assists too. Durant played with a lot of energy on defense blocking four shots.

Russell Westbrook – 39 minutes, 23 points, 8 assists, 13 rebounds – A+

This was Westbrook’s best game of the year. Not only did he nearly record a triple-double and also get seven steals but he changed the game so much when he was on the floor playing with a ton of energy. He was all over the place and while he shot 6-of-18 and had eight turnovers, the Thunder outscored Utah by 27 with him in the game.

Serge Ibaka – 25 minutes, 12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 blocks – B+

Ibaka got less minutes as Kendrick Perkins played a little more. He ended up fouling out too which contributed to the lack of playing time but he was a force while out there. He ended up with just 12 points which is a little low for him these days but he swatted seven shots and made sure nothing came easy inside for the Jazz.

Kevin Martin – 30 minutes, 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – A

Martin was very aggressive last night taking 12 shots and getting to the line five times. Most of his offense came from isolation play which isn’t a great sign for the Thunder but he was effective nonetheless.

Kendrick Perkins – 32 minutes, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists – A+

This was also Perkins’ best game of the year. When he scores it’s always a bonus but he played great defense and was especially impressive dropping five dimes. He was a serious weapon on offense finding cutting bigs for easy shots and that’s a big reason why the Thunder pulled away in this one.

Thabo Sefolosha – 27 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – B

Sefolosha didn’t make a three for the first time in nine games. He finished with six points and did a good job filling the lanes on fast breaks to get those points.

Nick Collison – 22 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist – B+

Collison had a tough assignment vs. the Utah bigs and was called upon a little more than usual since Ibaka was in foul trouble. He came through as always taking a nice charge right after he checked in and being active offensively.

Eric Maynor – 9 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds – D

Maynor didn’t do much while he was out there and struggled for the most part. He seems a step slow this year and has been unable to create as much as he used to. In his nine minutes, the Thunder were outscored by 15.

Hasheem Thabeet – 15 minutes, 3 points, 6 rebounds – C+

Thabeet didn’t make a huge impact last night but was solid. He committed three turnovers which is never good. He nearly had the highlight of the night when he tried to dunk over the entire Utah team at one point.

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