Even without their star point guard, Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder coasted to a 95-73 victory over the hapless Utah Jazz on Sunday evening. Westbrook missed the game to rest his surgically repaired knee, but the Thunder didn’t need him in their thrashing of the Jazz. He is expected back for Oklahoma City’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
Kevin Durant let the Thunder with 19 points, and Serge Ibaka had a 17-point, 11-rebound effort on the night. With these two performances and some cameo appearances of others, OKC led by as many as 37 points in the third quarter, prompting head coach Scott Brooks to pull all the starts going into the fourth quarter.
Utah–which has lost its past six games–was led by Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert, who each had 10 points. The Jazz are winless on the road this season, losing in each of their 11 away games.
The Jazz looked to former Michigan star Trey Burke to inject some excitement into its game, but he struggled in his third appearance this season. He finished with just four points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Oklahoma City has now won its past five games, and remained a perfect 6-0 at home this season.
Overall, the Thunder advances to 9-3 on the season, while the Jazz falls to 1-14. Oklahoma City next welcomes the San Antonio Spurs to Chesapeake Arena on Wed., Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
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