Kevin Durant sat out the final 14 minutes.
Serge Ibaka rested the whole fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook took the entire night off.
The 1-14 Utah Jazz came to town on Sunday night, looking every bit the part, and the Thunder acted accordingly, sprinting out to an early cushion and cruising to an easy 95-73 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
A crucial three-game stretch — against the Spurs, Warriors and Wolves — awaits OKC in the next week. And a date with the hapless Jazz served as the perfect primer.
“(The rest) is really important,” said Thabo Sefolosha, another Thunder starter who sat out a majority of the fourth. “It's great.”
From the tip, the Thunder cranked up the defense, holding the Jazz to 43 points through three quarters and 39 percent shooting for the game.
But a majority of Utah's abysmal shooting can be pinned squarely on the offensively inept Jazz.
The worst scoring offense in the league went 4-of-18 from 3-point territory, with plenty of wide-open looks, and 13-of-29 from the free throw line, a 44 percent clip that would make Shaquille O'Neal laugh.
“When you're not scoring it puts a lot of pressure on your defense to stop a team to keep the game close,” Jazz forward Marvin Williams said. “Unfortunately for us, the team we had to stop was OKC.”
And on this night, no matter who coach Scott Brooks threw out there, that wasn't happening.
Durant went for 19 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes, Ibaka chipped in 17 and 11 for his fifth double-double and the Thunder's starting lineup had a combined plus/minus of plus-132.
But the bench was equally impressive.
OKC's second-unit outscored the Jazz starters 36-29. Thunder reserves Perry Jones (13 points, 3-of-3 from three) and Jeremy Lamb (15 points, 7-of-13 from the field) both scored more than any Utah player.
“It's great,” Sefolosha said of the team's complete performance. “We trust them, we believe in them and they believe in themselves.”
But things get a bit trickier for Oklahoma City over the next week. With the win, OKC improved to 9-3 on the season.
But the final half of this currently undefeated six-game homestand gives the Thunder a shot at the league-best 12-1 Spurs, followed by matchups with the Warriors and Timberwolves, a pair of teams who have already beat OKC this season.
“The added rest obviously helps,” Brooks said. “The next couple of days, get a couple good practices and then we have some very good teams coming into our building.”