Utah Jazz: Jazz drop final Summer League game to Thunder

By Jarrod Rudolph

for the Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 13 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Utah Jazz (3-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped in the final game of the Orlando Summer League, losing 89-75 to the Oklahoma City Thunder (3-2) Friday morning. The loss ended what was otherwise a successful week for the Jazz.

"I think the summer is the greatest time of the year for players to improve," Jazz Summer League coach Scott Layden said. "Young players have to embrace the education of learning where they can get better.

"I think our guys have a good knowledge and perspective of who they are and can improve in the needed areas," Layden continued. "They're bright, intelligent guys and I think they are getting all of the tools to improve. You can see the steps they're making and that's encouraging."

The Thunder outscored the Jazz 50-28 in the second half.

Alec Burks, the Jazz's best player this week, struggled, going only 3 for 13 from the field. His eight points were his lowest total since Monday's opener.

The Jazz were without DeMarre Carroll and Tony Gaffney, who were nursing injuries.

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