Nov 30, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll (3) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (39-12) vs. Utah Jazz (28-24) Preview


The Oklahoma City Thunder head on the road tonight against the Utah Jazz after a very successful 4-0 week in which they were able to rest their starters in the fourth quarter of each game.

The Thunder easily handled the Jazz the first tie they played this season back on Nov. 30 in Oklahoma City.

OKC won that game 106-94 while shooting 52.0 percent from the field and getting to the free throw line 33 times.

The Jazz had 21 offensive rebounds in the game but the hot shooting of the Thunder was too much to overcome.

Kevin Durant had 25 points but it was Russell Westbrook with the most impressive stat line.

Westbrook flirted with a quadruple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals. Westbrook shot 6-for-18 from the field and turned the ball over eight times but he still dominated the game.

The Thunder also had Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka in double-figures with 12 points apiece and got 19 points from Kevin Martin off the bench.

There was a clear separation in terms of athletic ability in the game mostly highlighted by the 14 blocks by the Thunder, all of which came from Durant, Perkins and Ibaka leading the way with seven.

The Thunder are as hot as ever right now while the Jazz are stumbling only winning half of their last 10 and losing their last two.

There are also trade rumors looming over the head of this team which is expected to deal one of their big men before the Feb. 21 deadline.

There is still no denying that playing and winning in Utah is always a tough task. The Thunder won’t be able to walk into that arena and experience the same success they did in Phoenix two nights ago.

When a team like Utah is unable to make shot-making difficult for the Thunder, it’s hard to imagine them losing. In that case, the Thunder should expect to win tonight and win big.

Martin missed the last game with the flu and his status for tonight is still uncertain. The Thunder bench has done a fine job this past week stepping up although they accounted for just three points in the first three quarters of their last game.

The game is set to tip at 9 p.m. EST tonight.

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