Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook did not play in Sunday's 95-73 win over Utah. In an attempt to get Westbrook more rest following two offseason knee surgeries, the team decided to give him the night off.
Team officials said nothing is wrong with Westbrook's surgically repaired knee. But by sitting out Sunday's game, Westbrook will have had five days of rest when the Thunder hosts San Antonio on Wednesday night.
Reggie Jackson started in place of Westbrook on Sunday and scored 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting with seven assists in 26 minutes.
It was the first regular season home game Westbrook has missed in his six-year career.
The Thunder is expected to continue to look at creative ways to find Westbrook more opportunities for rest as the season progresses.
TREY BURKE'S FIRST CAREER START
The last time Trey Burke was in Oklahoma City, he was being honored as college basketball's best player for the 2012-13 season.
This time, fully recovered from a finger injury, the exciting rookie was making his first career start.
But in 20 minutes, Burke struggled to find his shot, going just 2-for-9 from the field and finishing with four points and four assists.
With its 22-point win Sunday, the Thunder's margin of victory went from 3.2 points to 4.8 points. … Serge Ibaka recorded his team-leading fifth double-double of the season Sunday, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds. … Perry Jones III went 3-for-3 from 3-point range. He's now made five of his last six 3-point attempts. … The Thunder's 37-point lead was its largest of the season. The previous high was 17, set on Nov. 6 against Dallas. … Utah made 13 of 29 free throws. … Kevin Durant made 12 of 13 free throws. He's attempting 12.5 free throws per game this season. … Thanks to his trips to the free throw line, Durant still scored a game-high 19 points despite making just three of nine shots. … Thunder reserve center Hasheem Thabeet was the only active player who did not play Sunday.