The Oklahoma City Thunder (15-10) are not very good when Russell Westbrook is resting on the bench. On a night like tonight against the Utah Jazz (15-10) they weren’t that great either. The Jazz won the first quarter 26-21 (Semaj Christon hit a buzzer beating heave to get them 21). And in the second their defense took it up a notch, winning the quarter 29-20. The 55-41 lead is nice. And while it’s not a blowout, the good guys started off on a 7-0 run and rarely looked back, if at all.
Boris Diaw is passing well (5 dimes). Rodney Hood (4 threes) and Joe Ingles (1 three) are making shots. Shelvin Mack is controlling things on offense (11 points, 4 assists). Rudy Gobert is owning the paint (6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks). And Derrick Favors is back! Oh, and Enes Kanter is struggling (-8 in +/-, shooting a day and missing a lot), so there’s that too.
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