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NBA Preseason: Final score -- Jazz beat Thunder 97 to 81

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

NBA Preseason 2012-2013, Game 2:

Oklahoma City Thunder 81 @ Utah Jazz 97


Nothing beats a win. And this team has no excuses to lose a game when they play OKC without Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Thabo Sefolosha, or Kendrick Perkins. The Jazz did not have Paul Millsap, Earl Watson, or Jamaal Tinsley -- but as Darnell Mayberry points out, it's not an equal scratch.

Whatever, the Jazz played their entire bench, and no starter played more than 22:36. (Mo Williams and Marvin Williams) For the Thunder Cole Aldrich started and played 31:47, and Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both played more than 18. So yeah, clearly Jazz advantage because we weren't missing two Olympians, I know. I get it. They are a talented team and I wish them well.

Tonight, though, the Jazz got their first win of the preseason. There were six players in double figures (Mo, Marvin, Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, and Enes Kanter). The Jazz went to the line 37 times, but left 11 points at the line. The Thunder went to the line 28 times, but only missed 8. The Jazz also won the rebounding battle 53-47. It was a sloppy game, as OKC had 21 turn overs, and the Jazz 15. The Williams team kept us motoring at the beginning, and Enes had another double double and the play of the game. (Sorry Chris Quinn -- your half time buzzer beater and long distance alley-oop to Alec Burks were good for the silver and bronze tonight)

The Jazz play the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow - and Kobe Bryant will play. So, that's always exciting. I guess.

Go Jazz go!