Recap: OKC Thunder at Utah Jazz FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 9, 2013 Updated: Apr 9, 2013 @RohdeOK 7:16 p.m. OKC is over the cap, but not over tax level. RT @JHOPOK How many teams have won title w/o going over salary cap? Can #Thunder be that team? @RohdeOK 7:27 p.m. OKC favored by just 3; #Jazz tough at home; #Thunder rarely loses 2 straight ... a coin flip. RT @holydudejoe prediction for tonight? @sluhm 7:29 p.m. Ty Corbin on surgery: "It's the best thing to do for him, to make sure long term-wise that he will be healthy. I'm on board all the way." @DarnellMayberry 7:29 p.m. I told Scott Brooks about @TrueHoop's stat on the nine-year run of players that have played 3,000+ minutes not winning a title in that year. @DarnellMayberry 7:30 p.m. Brooks: "Well you guys are going to hear it first. Tonight, we're going to rest Kevin (Durant) for the rest of the season." @tribjazz 7:31 p.m. First 10,000 fans at ESA tonight getting blue spruce starts. Jazz & AT&T held tree planting at the Kennecott Nature Center this morning. @DarnellMayberry 7:31 p.m. Durant is 20 minutes shy of playing 3,000 this season. @DarnellMayberry 7:32 p.m. Brooks, of course, was joking. @tribjazz 7:32 p.m. Marvin Williams is no out tonight against the Thunder. He went home with the stomach flu. @tribjazz 7:38 p.m. ICYMI - Here's Kevin Durant's thoughts on his so-called rivalry with Jazz SF DeMarre Carroll. bit.ly/ZCfT2I @DarnellMayberry 7:39 p.m. Talked to Nick Collison today for the first time since he left the court with a bloody nose Sunday. He said "I'm good to go." @DarnellMayberry 7:39 p.m. Collison underwent a battery of tests, including a CT Scan but all results came back clean and he will play tonight at Utah. @tribjazz 7:41 p.m. Here's the final story of the day on Enes Kanter's shoulder surgery, set for tomorrow in Chicago. bit.ly/11QLMTg @tribjazz 7:42 p.m. Is DeMarre Carroll's rim an item? RT @utahjazz: Autographed memorabilia auction benefitting charity tonight on.nba.com/1295Oab @anthonyVslater 7:42 p.m. Russell Westbrook voted the fifth best player in the league in ESPN's #NBARank voting. Higher than DWade and Tony Parker. @anthonyVslater 7:46 p.m. Thunder with a chance to inadvertently help the Lakers tonight. Check out this update on the race for eighth: bit.ly/12HjU2R @DarnellMayberry 8:06 p.m. With OKC coming off a loss and Utah battling for 8th, Brooks says "It's going to be a perfect game for a physical game." #buckleup @tribjazz 8:12 p.m. Russell Westbrook absolutely just slayed Mo Williams off the dribble on first play here. It's 2-0 Thunder. @tribjazz 8:12 p.m. Westbrook's got an incredible first step. Really, all of his steps are good. @DarnellMayberry 8:13 p.m. Either a late arriving crowd or Jazz fans don't care much for the eighth seed. @tribjazz 8:18 p.m. Kevin Durant goes down grabbing his knee at EnergySolutions Arena, but struggles up and stays in the game. @anthonyVslater 8:18 p.m. Serge Ibaka has made nine consecutive shots and 24 of his last 32. @tribjazz 8:18 p.m. Durant is in pain. He's walking up the court and made no effort to defend that Hayward 3. @tribjazz 8:19 p.m. In typical KD fashion, he then drives to the rim and draws a foul. @DarnellMayberry 8:20 p.m. Thabo came to play. @tribjazz 8:20 p.m. Randy Foye helped on Durant for Hayward, who flashed at Westbrook. Leaving Sefolosha wide open for that 3. OKC 14, Jazz 10. @anthonyVslater 8:20 p.m. Kevin Durant has been banged around a bit the past couple games. Wouldn't be a terrible idea to rest him a game or two before the playoffs. @DarnellMayberry 8:20 p.m. Russ came to play!!! Monster dunk. @DarnellMayberry 8:22 p.m. Westbrook used a ball screen by Durant and blew by Mo Williams. Al Jefferson thought about contesting but pulled back in mid-air. Nasty dunk @DarnellMayberry 8:25 p.m. What are the chances we see round three of Carroll v. Durant? @anthonyVslater 8:31 p.m. Serge Ibaka's streak of 11 consecutive made shots ends with a pretty hideous airball. Still, impressive run. @RohdeOK 8:32 p.m. If Thunder and Jazz should meet in the playoffs, Mo Williams is one more plea for Ronnie Brewer. @tribjazz 8:34 p.m. At the end of 1Q in SLC, it's Thunder 26, Jazz 19. @DarnellMayberry 8:34 p.m. After one, the Thunder leads the Jazz 26-19. Westbrook getting to the rim whenever he wants. @okcthunder 8:36 p.m. #Thunder holds #Jazz to 19 pts,38% shooting, leading 26-19 after 1. Serge/Thabo 6 pts each. Russ w/8, including this: youtube.com/watch?v=770Z0p… @DarnellMayberry 8:36 p.m. Derek Fisher gets a resounding chorus of boos when introduced here in Utah to start the second quarter. @tribjazz 8:36 p.m. Derek Fisher gets booed before, as @jmb247 points out, he even touches the ball. Welcome home, Fish. @RohdeOK 8:39 p.m. Brewer could be used as "The Cooler." He's William H. Macy. RT @jrexgame do u really think Brewer can guard Mo Williams, Mo is a point guard @DarnellMayberry 8:39 p.m. Apparently Jazz fans will boo Fish every time he touches it. @tribjazz 8:39 p.m. DeMarre Carroll comes into the game adn things start happening. Jazz on a 5-0 run to open 2nd, including Carroll 3. @tribjazz 8:40 p.m. The edification begins... RT @DarnellMayberry: Apparently Jazz fans will boo Fish every time he touches it. @RohdeOK 8:41 p.m. This #Thunder lineup ain't working in any way, shape or form. Call timeout. @DarnellMayberry 8:41 p.m. Thunder second unit losing the momentum...and fast. @DarnellMayberry 8:43 p.m. Brooks wisely gets Durant back in there. @tribjazz 8:49 p.m. Alert: DeMarre Carroll and Kevin Durant both on the floor. Millsap's on KD, though. @DarnellMayberry 8:50 p.m. Durant is toying with Paul Millsap as he tries to cover him beyond the 3-point line. @anthonyVslater 8:51 p.m. Thabo Sefolosha has hit a trio of threes in the first half. That gives him 99 this season. His previous career-high was 41. @tribjazz 8:52 p.m. With 4 1/2 left in second quarter, Al Jefferson about to check it. Thunder up 36-28 over the Jazz. @tribjazz 8:53 p.m. With DeMarre Carroll in his face, Kevin Durant hits his first 3. But Mo Williams answers with a 3. Thunder 39, Jazz 31. @RohdeOK 8:54 p.m. #Jazz might be the second-most physical team in the #NBA behind Memphis. @tribjazz 8:54 p.m. Despite score, Jazz winning way more 50-50 balls, playing harder than usual. Foye just did battle with Serge Ibaka, drew foul. @tribjazz 9:01 p.m. At halftime, Thunder lead Jazz 45-35. Russell Westbrook absolutely having his way with the Jazz. It's a wonder he only has 10 points. @RohdeOK 9:02 p.m. Totally disagree -- efferson, Millsap, Carroll, Favors. RT @OKC_Thunder_OKC maybe, but the gap between the #Jazz and #Grizzlies is huge @DarnellMayberry 9:02 p.m. At halftime, the Thunder leads the Jazz 45-35. Very encouraging opening half for the Thunder. @okcthunder 9:03 p.m. Thabo Sefolosha 9p/6r, Russell Westbrook 10p, Kevin Durant 13p/5a. #Thunder leads #Jazz at half 45-35. TV Companion: thunder.nba.com @anthonyVslater 9:03 p.m. Your halftime entertainment: Russell Westbrook skies for a monstrous dunk on the Jazz -> bit.ly/10RKyDw @anthonyVslater 9:05 p.m. For those interested in the scoring race, Carmelo had 36 points in a win over Washington tonight. KD has 13 at halftime. @anthonyVslater 9:08 p.m. Carmelo has 203 points in five April games (50, 40, 41, 36, 36). That's a ridiculous 40.6 per. @anthonyVslater 9:17 p.m. With a win tonight, the Heat clinched potential homecourt over the Thunder. Game 1 of a Finals rematch would be in Miami. @RohdeOK 9:19 p.m. Sure ... Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn, Lakers (when healthy). @homskizl is Indy 3rd? @DarnellMayberry 9:20 p.m. Westbrook's missed layup count is now at three by my calculations. @anthonyVslater 9:24 p.m. That's Thabo Sefolosha's 100th three of the season. Had 109 combined in his first four years in OKC (41 the most for one season). @tribjazz 9:26 p.m. Thunder are shooting just 41.2 percent, allowing Jazz to hang around. It's 56-45 mid-way through the third. @okcthunder 9:26 p.m. Thabo Sefolosha hits his 4th 3-pointer of the game, his 100th of the season. #Thunder leads #Jazz 56-45 with 6:37 left in Q3. @tribjazz 9:31 p.m. Serge Ibaka is single-handedly keeping the Jazz from gaining ground in this third quarter. @tribjazz 9:34 p.m. For the second time this season, a U of U hoops manager is participating in shootout at ESA. @tribjazz 9:34 p.m. This Hans is a former All-State hooper in Idaho. Practiced with shorthanded Utes last year before Larry K found out that was a violation. @DarnellMayberry 9:36 p.m. Some dude just made $525 just by making layups at $25 a pop!! Had a choice of dollar amounts at various spots and stuck with the layups. @DarnellMayberry 9:37 p.m. Fans here in Utah had the nerve to boo the guy. Where I'm from that's called smart business. @tribjazz 9:39 p.m. OKC has a big play to answer every Utah run. The lead is just 6, though: OKC 67, Jazz 61 @DarnellMayberry 9:41 p.m. After allowing 65 points to the Knicks at halftime Sunday, the Thunder leads the Jazz 68-61 through three quarters tonight. @tribjazz 9:41 p.m. Jazz are gaining ground on OKC and Corbin inserts Carroll. Could be a savvy move. Energy could make a big difference to start 4th. @tribjazz 9:41 p.m. Entering the fourth quarter, it's OKC 68, Jazz 61. Not exactly a barn burner in Salt Lake City. @okcthunder 9:43 p.m. Headed to Q4 in Salt Lake. #Thunder leads #Jazz 68-61. Serge 16 pts/7 rebs/5 blocks. KD 15 pts/8 rebs/8 assists. thunder.nba.com @anthonyVslater 9:43 p.m. Triple-Double Alert: KD with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists entering the fourth quarter. @RohdeOK 9:43 p.m. James Harden credited with game-winning 3-pointer on goaltending call at final buzzer for 101-098 win. @tribjazz 9:46 p.m. Thunder lead back to 12 at 72-61. Gordon Hayward was on the bench for all of 2 minutes. He comes in for Foye. @okcthunder 9:47 p.m. Serge Ibaka's 3rd quarter: 10 points/3 blocks/4 rebounds. #ThunderUP @RohdeOK 9:47 p.m. Thunder bench is 4 for 18 so far. @tribjazz 9:47 p.m. Sorry, that last tweet should have said the THunder lead was at 11. Now 8 after Favors 3-point play. @tribjazz 9:49 p.m. Jazz can't catch a break. Kevin Martin hits a 3 after lead is cut to 6. Then, on other end, Jamaal Tinsley throws the ball out of bounds. @Lockedonsports 9:50 p.m. Jazz really miss Kanter tonight - with Kanter Thunder couldn't play Durant at the 4 as easily as matchup with Millsap #OKCatUTA @tribjazz 9:50 p.m. Early in LA, New Orleans leads the Lakers 13-11. Regardless of what Jazz do, loss there would be devastating to Lakers playoff hopes. @tribjazz 9:51 p.m. Backup point guard? RT @gregauxier: @tribjazz could we please get an actual backup PG this offseason? #nomoredleague @RohdeOK 9:51 p.m. Metta World Peace just entered the game for the #Lakers -- about three weeks early. Jazz losing to #Thunder. Game on for No. 8 seed. @DarnellMayberry 9:54 p.m. What a crossover by Reggie Jackson. @tribjazz 9:55 p.m. Tremendous jumper by Hayward over Durant after KD completely smothered him defensively. @RohdeOK 9:56 p.m. Surprised Deriick Favors ranks only 13th in #NBA in blocked shots (1.66). He seems to block more than that. @tribjazz 9:57 p.m. With 5:30 left and Mo Williams headed to the line, the Jazz are down 11. Two games against Minnesota, one at Memphis remain on schedule. @RohdeOK 9:58 p.m. When @russwest44 hangs in the air and shoots his jumper on the way down, it ain't going in. @tribjazz 10:01 p.m. Favors, Kanter, Burks, Carroll? RT @RononD: @tribjazz @gregauxier no more dleague players? Thats like the jazz's whole bench @DarnellMayberry 10:04 p.m. Durant is desperately trying to get the final assist he needs for his third triple-double. Might want to put that on pause for the moment. @tribjazz 10:04 p.m. This is the Jazz's version of a hurry-up offense. After Big Al J, K-Mart miss, Mo Williams hits a transition 3 to bring them back to 82-75. @DarnellMayberry 10:08 p.m. Correction: Durant has three triple-doubles this season. This would be his fourth tonight. @tribjazz 10:09 p.m. Fan leaving with Jazz down 6 with 55 seconds left. Yup, that makes sense to me. @tribjazz 10:10 p.m. Jazz force a shot clock violation and will have the ball, down 6, with 30.8 left. It would take a miracle, but... @okcthunder 10:11 p.m. #Thunder vs #Jazz. 30 seconds left in SLC. OKC leads by 6. #FOXSportsOklahoma and #ThunderRadioNetwork @tribjazz 10:11 p.m. Four-point game with 23 seconds left after Mo Williams finds Millsap on P&R. @Mike_Bresnahan 10:12 p.m. Kobe not on the court for start of second quarter. #finallyresting @tribjazz 10:14 p.m. Now the fans are leaving in earnest. Millsap throws away inbounds pass with 19 seconds left, leading to Westbrook dunk. 88-80. @anthonyVslater 10:14 p.m. Westbrook dunk. Ballgame. Thunder are going to win a nice one on the road in Utah. @DarnellMayberry 10:15 p.m. Light chant of "O-K-C" has broken out here in Utah. @DarnellMayberry 10:16 p.m. Final score: Thunder 90, Jazz 80. @tribjazz 10:17 p.m. The Thunder shot just 39.5 percent in this game, but beat the Jazz 90-80. Jazz and Lakers tied again. @RohdeOK 10:17 p.m. Nice win for #Thunder, but @KDTrey5 trails @carmeloanthony by 24 points. Must average 6 more points per game than Melo to win 4th title. @anthonyVslater 10:17 p.m. Kevin Durant finishes with 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Barely misses his third triple-double. @saltcityhoops 10:19 p.m. Le close Your browser does not support iframes. 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