SALT LAKE City (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 factors, Rudy Gobert additional 20 factors and 10 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 137-101 on Wednesday night.

Jordan Clarkson had 18 factors and a season-significant 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside added 15 factors, 11 rebounds and five blocks to support the Jazz win their fifth straight house recreation.

Utah shot 59% from the subject and outrebounded the Thunder 64-38.

Whiteside stated surrendering a 21-position lead in a loss to Golden Point out on Saturday lit a fire underneath the Jazz which is created constructive momentum through the team’s final two game titles.

“It was regrettable we had to eliminate that game that way, but I assume it’s likely to assist us out in the long operate,” Whiteside said. “It produced us additional connected as a workforce. It kind of confirmed our flaws.”

Jaylen Hoard scored 23 factors for Oklahoma Metropolis. Isaiah Roby and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl every extra 18 points.

With nine inactive gamers owing to a slew of accidents, the Thunder struggled to preserve pace with Utah the moment the Jazz discovered their shot.

“You have to have smart attacks towards this workforce since that is what they do to you,” Oklahoma Metropolis coach Mark Daigneault reported. “They limit your options and then, if you’re form of hasty in there with their bigs, then it can be a actually lengthy night on the offensive conclude. That is why they are this sort of a fantastic protection.”

Utah surged in advance late in the 1st quarter on a layup from Bogdanovic that sparked a 16-2 run. The Jazz scored baskets on nine straight belongings capped by back again-to-back dunks and a suggestion-in basket from Gobert.

Oklahoma Metropolis lower the deficit to two points in the 2nd quarter, with Lindy Waters III making 3 straight 3-pointers to fuel a 13-2 operate. Hoard slice to the rim for a layup to cap the operate and trim Utah’s lead to 57-55.

Clarkson answered with back-to-back again baskets to maintain Oklahoma Metropolis from overtaking the Jazz. He also established up baskets from Gobert on consecutive belongings to help Utah acquire a 71-58 direct into halftime.

Utah held the Thunder in test by attacking the rim early and usually. The Jazz outscored Oklahoma Town 60-36 in the paint.

“When the ball is transferring and defenses change, you have an option to attack the close outs,” Utah coach Quin Snyder mentioned. “Those quick decisions get you on the rim. That’s what I saw as far as us shifting the defense.”

The Jazz led by double digits pretty much the full next 50 percent.

Immediately after the Thunder cut the deficit to 9 on a 3-pointer from Robinson-Earl, Utah used a 27-5 run to build up a 118-87 direct early in the fourth quarter.

“That’s a truly superior-degree, elite team with a lot of professional guys and they were being able to genuinely get immediately after it in second 50 %,” Robinson-Earl explained.


Thunder: Robinson-Earl set a profession higher in scoring following not actively playing in Oklahoma City’s 98-94 earn in excess of Portland a night time previously. … Zavier Simpson experienced 11 helps in his next NBA recreation.

Jazz: Donovan Mitchell (relaxation), Mike Conley (correct knee injury upkeep), and Royce O’Neale (proper thumb soreness) were inactive. … Utah scored a season-large 41 points in the first quarter. … Jared Butler experienced 8 helps in the 2nd 50 % en route to a career-high 10.

Wounded All over again

Trent Forrest started out for the Jazz immediately after lacking three online games due to the fact of a concussion. His return to the courtroom didn’t final lengthy.

Forrest sprained his still left foot and exited with 1:39 remaining in the 2nd quarter, He did not return in the 2nd 50 percent. Butler commenced in his area soon after halftime. Forrest finished with four factors and two helps in 12 minutes.

“It’s been difficult on him,” Snyder reported relating to the latest spate of injuries. “He was taking part in genuinely nicely tonight. He’s distinctive in some of the factors that he can do.”

Free of charge Throw FRENZY

A night time immediately after attempting a period-significant 43 free of charge throws from Memphis, the Jazz followed with 32 free of charge throw makes an attempt towards Oklahoma Town. It marked the first time because December wherever Utah attempted 30 or more cost-free throws in again-to-back contests.

UP Upcoming

Thunder: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night time.

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Friday night.


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