Despite a slow start, the Thunder absolutely laid waste to the Utah Jazz on Sunday in Oklahoma City for the team’s first truly dominating win of the season in the team’s first-ever regular season home game without Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder announced before the game that Westbrook would take the night off, giving him five consecutive days of relative rest as he navigates the first few weeks of his post-surgery season. But OKC did just fine against the lowly Jazz without its firebrand point guard, putting away an inferior team in emphatic fashion for the first time this season.
Both teams played some pretty brutal basketball to start the game, as the Thunder and Jazz combined to shoot 4-of-22 to start the game by putting up brick after brick. But Oklahoma City eventually got back on track, and Utah never got going until it was far too late and the likes of Ryan Gomes and Andre Roberson were getting extended run for the Thunder.
Reggie Jackson played admirably in Westbrook’s absence, as few now would doubt that he can. He kept Jazz rookie Trey Burke, making his first career pro start, from getting into the lane and establishing a rhythm, and mixed in his usual smooth drives and sharp passing to finish with seven assists against only two turnovers. Keep Reading…