Thunder Cold Again As Hot Jazz Play Winning Tune
The Oklahoma City Thunder never led and had their second straight cold shooting night as they lost to the Utah Jazz 109-89 on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Utah scored the first seven points of the game and built the lead to 19 in the second quarter.
After OKC cut the margin to six in the third quarter, the Jazz responded by pulling away to win easily.
Utah shot 58 percent from the field and were 13-for-23 from three-point range.
The Thunder shot just 37 percent and were 6-of-19 from beyond the arc.
Russell Westbrook led OKC with 27 points, but was just 7-for-25 from the field.
He added six rebounds and five assists.
Only two other Thunder players scored in double figures, with former Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter scoring 19 and getting booed every time he touched the ball.
Kanter is not well liked by Utah fans after making some disparaging remarks about the team and area following his trade to the Thunder.
Steven Adams added 10 points.
Semaj Christon had the shot of the night, swishing a shot from nearly 3/4 court to end the first quarter.
Utah was led by Rodney Hood, who had 25 points and made five three-pointers.
Five Jazz players scored in double figures.
The Thunder played the game without guard Victor Oladipo, who has missed the last two games with a wrist injury suffered last Sunday against Boston.
Both teams entered the game at 15-10 on the season.
The Jazz have won 9 of their last 11 games and improved to 16-10 on the season.
OKC dropped to 15-11 and have lost three of their last four games.
The Thunder return home this Saturday to host Phoenix at 4:00 pm at Chesapeake Arena.