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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) celebrates a 3-pointer in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Jazz won 96-87.

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite playing without Rodney Hood, the Utah Jazz started and finished strong en route to beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-87 Saturday night at Vivint Arena.

The turning point: Utah won the first quarter 21-14, and Oklahoma City never rallied. The Thunder did get within four in the third quarter, but the Jazz were strong from that point on.

3 keys:

  • The Jazz shot over 49 percent while holding Oklahoma City under 42 percent.
  • Utah finished with 22 assists compared to 15 for the Thunder.
  • MVP Russell Westbrook scored just six points.

Jazz almanac: 2-1

The hero: Joe Ingles led the Jazz with 19 points, but it was a balanced effort, as four others finished in double figures.

Next up: at Los Angeles Clippers (1-0), Tuesday, Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m. MDT

On deck: at Phoenix (0-2), Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. MDT