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Oklahoma City Thunders Past The Jazz

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The Jazz knew that the match-up with Oklahoma City was going to be a tough one. Coming into this game the Thunder were only one and half games behind the Jazz in the Western Conference standings. The Jazz also knew that there was a good chance that they would be playing without Kirilenko again as he is still ailing from a bruised leg muscle. What they did not reckon with, however, was that they would also be playing without Okur and Ronnie Price and that Deron Williams would be playing with a very sore shoulder. Sore or not, Deron played terrifically and along with rookie Wesley Matthews put up 56 points for the back court. Unfortunately, Kevin Durrant and Russell Westbrook also play amazingly well and topped the Williams/Matthews output by 10 points.

The Jazz struggled with defense the entire game and allowed the Thunder to put up 119 points to beat them by 8 points. The good news is that the 3’s were falling for the team again (11) but the bad news is that they lost the race for points in the paint and along with it the tie breaker with Oklahoma City. Their record for the year is 0-3 against this young, talented team.

Tonight the Jazz meet the Washington Wizards and they will be playing in the friendly atmosphere of the Energy Solutions Arena so they really should win this game.