OKLAHOMA CITY — This won't come as shocking news, but the Utah Jazz are getting blown out by the NBA's best team tonight.
Well-rested Oklahoma City (21-6) is crushing the road-weary Jazz (14-13) at halftime, 53-39, at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Jazz fell behind by a dozen points but rallied back to within three before the Thunder regained the momentum with a strong second quarter.
Utah, on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back set, 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 points and was the only Jazz player with more than two in the opening period.
Jefferson has 13 for Utah, while Paul Millsap has eight points and seven rebounds.
The Thunder have received strong contributions from James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have combined to score 34 points.
Utah is shooting 32.7 percent compared to 52.8 percent for the powerful Thunder.
Oklahoma City hasn't played since Friday in Utah, where it clobbered the Jazz 101-87.
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