Road trip, successful.
The Thunder handled the Jazz in Utah 101-87 to secure a 3-2 road trip and Scott Brooks’ spot as the West’s head coach for the All-Star Game. It wasn’t a flashy game that included much razzle dazzle or even anything that really stuck out all that much. It was kind of a back-to-business for the Thunder who dominated the glass (46-32), made 19 more free throws than the Jazz and shot a solid 47.5 percent from the floor.
There were moments where it seemed that the game might be close down the stretch, but credit the Thunder bench who extended a Thunder lead to 12 early in the fourth before Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook checked back in. Which essentially meant things were over for the Jazz.
Finally though. Finally the Thunder bench stepped up the way it used to. Reggie Jackson wasn’t great or really even that good, but his jumper with the shot clock expiring keyed the spurt. The Thunder offense appeared to be stalling out completely, as it tends to do with Jackson running the show, scoring only three points the last three of the third and letting the Jazz cut OKC’s lead to five in the fourth. But that jumper, a couple steals and some sturdy defense did the job and made things easy on the Thunder down the stretch. Our blood pressure appreciates it. Keep Reading…