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Kevin Durant scores 31 as Thunder cruise past Jazz

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Kevin Durant scored 31 points and recorded 9 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a blowout victory over the Utah Jazz, 116-96. The Thunder took quality shots, finishing 41-74 (55.4%) from the field, including 11-18 (61.1%) from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City (54-19) has now won eight of their last 10 games.

Durant finished 9-13 from the field (4-6 on 3-pointers) and 9-9 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Other top performers for Oklahoma City were Russell Westbrook with 19 points and 5 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 17 points and 6 rebounds. On 7-13 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line, Enes Kanter scored 18 points for Utah in the loss. He also tallied 12 rebounds. Gordon Hayward chipped in 16 points and 9 assists.

The Thunder combined an eFG% of 62.8% with 61.1% 3-point shooting. They are 16-4 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Jazz, on the other hand, are 1-15 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

Utah (23-51) has now dropped their last four straight contests.

Coming up, the Thunder play the San Antonio Spurs, who are 57-16 on the season. The Jazz meet the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 30-43 this year. The Thunder came away with a win in three straight games against San Antonio. The Jazz are 0-1 versus New York this season.


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