Thunder Crush Jazz, Westbrook Rests
The Oklahoma City Thunder jumped to an early lead and routed the Utah Jazz 95-73 on Sunday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder did it without Russell Westbrook, who the team rested even though he was healthy to play.
OKC wanted to give Westbrook five straight days of rest before their big game with San Antonio on Wednesday night.
On Sunday, the Thunder didn’t need Westbrook, shooting 51 percent from the field, with five players in double figure scoring.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 19 points and played just 26 minutes.
Serge Ibaka had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson had 10 points and 7 assists in his start in place of Westbrook.
OKC also got good bench play, as Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points and Perry Jones had 13 with three 3-pointers.
The Thunder held Utah to just 13 first quarter points and led 47-30 at halftime.
They built the lead to 37 at one point in the third quarter before the Jazz drew closer against the Thunder reserves.
The Thunder improved to 9-3 on the season and are 3-0 on their current six-game homestand.
OKC hosts the Spurs on Wednesday night at 7:00.