Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Friday, November 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 14th
Game 3: Friday, January 30th
Game 4: Friday, March 20th

Jazz 93

(23-16, 7-12 away)

Thunder 114

(7-33, 5-16 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    8:00 PM ET, January 14, 2009

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 22 26 23 2293
    OKC 27 23 36 28114

    Top Performers

    Utah: D. Williams 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Oklahoma City: R. Westbrook 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Backcourt paces Thunder's dominant third in rout of Jazz

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The presence of big man Nenad Krstic is beginning to pay off in a big way for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    In just his fifth game since being signed away from a Russian league, Krstic had 14 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday night in helping the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 114-93. Nine of his rebounds came at the defensive end as Oklahoma City outrebounded the Jazz 48-26.

    Fast Facts

    • The Thunder snapped a streak of 20 losses to teams with winning records entering the game.

    • Nenad Kristic had his first double-double since April 16, 2008.

    • The Jazz have lost three of the last four games Mehmet Okur has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding.

    -- ESPN research

    "I'm feeling better and better stepping on the court," said the 7-footer from Serbia. "When you play tough defense and they miss shots, you have a chance to get rebounds."

    Jeff Green scored 23 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 and Kevin Durant had 21 for the Thunder, which won for just the seventh time this season but the fourth time in the past eight games.

    "We're definitely playing a little better," said Nick Collison, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. "There's a fine line in the NBA between winning and losing, and confidence is a big key. We're starting to get some."

    Deron Williams scored 25 points for the Jazz, which had a four-game winning streak ended. All of those came at home; this was the team's fifth straight loss on the road. Kyle Korver had 14 points, but just two in the second half.

    One of the best shooting teams in the league, Utah made just 10 of 24 shots in the third quarter when the Thunder went on a 22-7 run to take control and wound up scoring 36 points, its second-best quarter of the season.

    "We had four good games at home where we have energy. We were unselfish, we made the plays," Williams said. "But we get on the road and I don't know, we feel like we can't win. I don't know what it is.

    "They outhustled us, they outrebounded us. We just didn't play tough at all."

    Westbrook scored seven points, and Durant and Green had five each during the third-quarter spurt that saw the Thunder stretch a 54-52 lead to 76-59 with 3 minutes remaining. The Jazz had only two field goals during the 6-minute stretch and were more often than not limited to one shot per possession.

    Williams scored nine of his points during the quarter for Utah but didn't get much help.

    The Jazz scored the first three points of the fourth period to close the margin to 12, but a Durant jumper and a three-point play by Earl Watson started another Thunder run that pushed the lead to 20 with 8:30 remaining. The Jazz got no closer than 14 after that.

    "I challenged our guys before the game to not shy away from the physicality of their game, attack it, challenge it and break through, and we did that tonight," interim coach Scott Brooks said.

    Andrei Kirilenko, coming off season-high 23 points against Indiana on Monday, was the only other Utah starter in double figures. He had 12.

    The Thunder grabbed an eight-point lead in the opening minutes and stretched the advantage to 10 in the quarter before Utah scored the final five points. Korver scored nine of his points in the second quarter in helping the Jazz tie the score at 48 just before halftime, but it was all Oklahoma City after that.

    Game notes

    Mehmet Okur, coming off a career-high 43 points against Indiana, had just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. ... Utah F Paul Millsap, averaging 15 points and nine rebounds, missed his second straight game because of a bruised right knee. ... This was the start of three-game road trip and four of five away from home for the Jazz.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 114
    FGM-FGA 35-83 (.422) 39-71 (.549)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 3-6 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 19-27 (.704) 33-38 (.868)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-26 9-48
    Assists 22 17
    Turnovers 9 19
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 7 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 21

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma City
    Deron Williams Williams
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Russell Westbrook Westbrook
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0