OKC Thunder Blowout Tired Utah Jazz: Fan Reaction

The Oklahoma City Thunder got what they expected Feb. 14. A packed house and a road-weary Utah Jazz on Valentine's Day combined for a 111-85 demolition of the visiting team. The Thunder led the whole way after jumping out to a 12-point lead in the second half before extending the lead to 16.

It was an "off" night for superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They "only" had 21 and 16 points, respectively. Both were below their averages but it wouldn't have mattered.

James Harden led all scorers by coming off the bench for 22 points and five assists. Serge Ibaka had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Kendrick Perkins only scored a single point but had seven boards. Daequan Cook had eight points. Nazr Mohammed had his best game in a while with eight points.

Most importantly, no one played more than 30 minutes. The only two players who didn't see action were the injured. In all, 13 players saw action for the Thunder.

This was just the type of game OKC needed. After having a relatively rough road swing to the west coast, OKC had three days of rest before embarking on a home stand. The next game is in Houston before the team comes home for five games just before the All-Star break. It's a perfect scenario for OKC to use in order to get even further atop the standings.

The game was a showcase of teams moving in the opposite direction. The Thunder were coming off their first three-day respite of the grueling NBA season. Utah was playing their third road game in three games. Utah has won just two games the entire month and is 3-7 over its last 10 games. Meanwhile, OKC is 7-3 in its previous 10 meetings.

Utah fell to 14-14, a full eight games behind the Northwest Division-leading Thunder. Oklahoma City is still the NBA's best team at 22-6.

Next up is a game at the Houston Rockets Feb. 15. OKC has won both meetings against the Rockets this season. Houston comes into the game with a 16-13 record and a two-game losing streak.

William Browning has been a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder ever since the team relocated from Seattle. As the closest NBA team to Branson, Mo., the Thunder serve as the regional team for southwest Missouri.

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012