Utah Jazz beat Oklahoma City in home preseason opener

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 11:14 p.m. MDT

"Obviously, our first game is going to be a little crazy. I think we made tremendous strides from our last game offensively and defensively," Williams said. "The guys shared the ball. The guys made some big plays for us and got us the win."

The Jazz were without usual staring power forward Paul Millsap (grandmother's funeral) and Jamaal Tinsley (personal reasons), but six players ended up scoring in double figures and all 15 available guys saw at least nine minutes of action.

Enes Kanter, continuing to play well after losing 51 pounds in the offseason, racked up his second double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Third-year pro Derrick Favors, however, struggled on offense, going 0-for-5 from the field and scoring just one point with four rebounds.

GAME NOTES: The Jazz traveled to Los Angeles after Friday's win for a three-game road trip in Southern California, beginning tonight against the Lakers at Staples Center. … After not playing Monday, second-round pick Kevin Murphy saw his first NBA preseason action, scoring two points in 10 minutes. … The dunk of the night was a toss-up between Kanter's power reverse slam and an impressive midcourt alley-oop hook-up between Chris Quinn (passer) and Alec Burks (dunker). … Rookie Perry Jones scored 14 points to lead Oklahoma City, which only got nine points and 19 minutes from Kevin Durant.

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