Each game is very important. So I think we just got to learn from this one and try to move on. It's just very frustrating. —Gordon Hayward
OKLAHOMA CITY This won't come as shocking news, but the Utah Jazz were blown out by the NBA's best team tonight.
Well-rested Oklahoma City (22-6) crushed the road-weary Jazz (14-14) in an old-fashioned behind-whooping, 111-85, at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder's usual three did the majority of the damage, with sixth man James Harden leading the way with 22 points. Kevin Durant had 21 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 16 points.
Utah shot 35.6 percent compared to a 54.5 percent night for the powerful Thunder, who had three full days off before this one. In fact, Oklahoma City hadn't played since Friday in Utah, where it clobbered the Jazz 101-87.
The Jazz, who suffered their biggest defeat of the season, had nothing left playing their third game in as many nights in three different states.
The Jazz fell behind by a dozen points but rallied back to within three before the Thunder regained the momentum for good with a strong second quarter.6 comments on this story
Utah started out as cold as can be from the field. A night after a devastating loss in New Orleans, the Jazz went a couple of minutes without scoring on OKC and missed 15 of their first 16 shots.
But Utah pulled within six by the end of the quarter thanks to some hot shooting by Al Jefferson, who scored 11 of his team-high 15 points and was the only Jazz player with more than two in the opening period.
The only positive of the night was, well, that this road trip has concluded after it started with so much promise in Memphis. Back-to-back losses in New Orleans and OKC sent the Jazz home with a .500 record for the first time since Jan. 3.