Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Thunder 90

(11-36, 3-19 away)

Jazz 110

(26-21, 18-6 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    9:00 PM ET, January 30, 2009

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    OKC 26 25 24 1590
    UTAH 28 36 31 15110

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma City: K. Durant 29 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast

    Utah: D. Williams 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 12 Ast, 4 Stl

    Jazz capitalize on Thunder's 24 turnovers to end four-game skid

    Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Deron Williams came up with an All-Star caliber performance to help Utah snap a four-game losing streak. With rosters already set for Phoenix, it'll have to do.

    Williams had 24 points and 12 assists and the Utah Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-90 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Deron Williams is averaging 22.9 ppg in his last ten games and has eight double-doubles in that stretch.

    • The Jazz end their longest losing streak since losing six consecutive games in December 2007.

    • Oklahoma City is 2-22 vs. teams with a winning record this season.

    • Thunder forward Kevin Durant has scored more than 20 points in 23 of his last 25 games.

    -- ESPN research

    "I think he should have been an All-Star," said the Thunder's Kevin Durant, who also missed the cut. "He's a motivator for this team and they have a great team. He's playing great this year and he played really well tonight.

    "He is a tough guy to guard."

    Williams was on the 2005-06 All-Rookie First Team and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team after last season but he has never played in an All-Star game. When the selections were announced this week, Williams' name was left off again.

    "It's tough but I wasn?t really worried about it. I could use the rest and get off my feet and relax," Williams said.

    Mehmet Okur scored 20 points and Paul Millsap added 16 points, nine rebounds and tied a career high with seven assists for the Jazz, who capitalized on the Thunder's 24 turnovers.

    Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook had 20 points but the Thunder couldn't rally after falling behind in the second quarter.

    "We didn't do a good job matching their physical play. We needed to play hard," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "We turned it over too many times and it was because they were physical with us."

    Last time the teams met, the Thunder beat the Jazz 114-93, for the first of five wins in seven games for Oklahoma City -- its best span of the season.

    "We owed them one," Williams said.

    On Friday night, the Jazz stretched their lead to 24 after Mehmet Okur's 3-pointer in the middle of the third quarter but the Thunder whittled the lead back to 13 behind Durant's shooting.

    Williams doused any comeback hopes with a scintillating stretch in the fourth quarter. First, he beat the shot clock with a 26-footer and then got a steal on the other end. After a free throw, he gathered another deflection and tossed a perfect alley-oop to Ronnie Brewer for a dunk. The Jazz then led 109-88 and Williams and the starters took a seat on the bench.

    "We're a good team when we pass the ball, share it and make extra passes. That's what happened tonight. There were a lot of guys passing on good shots to get better ones," said Williams, who made 9-of-13 shots, including three 3-pointers, and had four of Utah?s 12 steals.

    Brewer and C.J. Miles each had 15 points as the jazz avoided their first three-game losing skid at home in two years.

    The Thunder outrebounded the Jazz 43-34 and shot better than their season average at 48 percent but they could not overcome their poor defense and sloppy ball handling.

    Okur and Matt Harpring both had two baskets in an 11-0 run for the Jazz midway through the second quarter. Harpring's layup 7:01 before halftime gave Utah a 43-30 lead. At halftime the Jazz still lead by the same margin at 64-51.

    Game notes

    The Jazz had 32 assists to the Thunder's 14. ... Players from both teams had surgery Friday. Andrei Kirilenko had bone fragments removed from his right ankle and Desmond Mason underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. ... The Thunder made just 2-of-11 3-point attempts. ... Oklahoma Citys 25 turnovers was just one off its season high of 26 against New Orleans on Nov. 21.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 110
    FGM-FGA 34-71 (.479) 44-86 (.512)
    3PM-3PA 2-11 (.182) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 15-23 (.652)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 12-34
    Assists 14 32
    Turnovers 25 12
    Steals 3 12
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 16 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 24

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma City
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 29
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Deron Williams Williams
    Points: 24
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0