Utah Jazz basketball: Jazz look at 106-94 loss to OKC as a moral victory

Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 10:25 p.m. MST

A miffed Corbin barked at referee Dan Crawford and received a technical foul. Durant sank the freebie, and the Thunder never looked back after the three-point play gave OKC a 93-83 lead with 7:02 left.

"I thought it was a huge play," Corbin said.

Neither he nor Watson complained about the call, though.

The play of Watson and Kanter were bright spots for the Jazz.

The second-year Turkish big man, getting extra time after Favors' exit, returned to his preseason MVP form, playing aggressively, hitting jumpers, making nice moves while helping Utah cut into the Thunder lead.

"I seen the Big Turkey I've been looking for since the season start. I seen the Big Turkey I seen in preseason," Jefferson said. "He stepped up big tonight. … Wherever it came from, I hope it continue to come."

Favors is listed as doubtful tonight in Houston, so it might have to for the Jazz to bounce back.

As for Kanter, he was more bummed about the loss that dropped Utah's road record to 3-8 than he was thrilled about his career-high scoring night and seven offensive rebounds.

"It's nice, but we lost the game, so I'm not happy about my scores or my rebounds or anything," he said. "We just lost the game. That's what I'm really sad for."

NOTES: Mo Williams had 13 points and six assists after missing the past three games with a sprained right forefoot. ... Jefferson had his ninth double-double: 16 points and 11 rebounds. ... Utah shot 41.3 percent to OKC's 52.0 percent.

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