(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have played
hot on the road of late and will begin a short trip Tuesday against the
Northwest Division-rival Utah Jazz.
The Thunder will visit division-foe Denver on this trek and have won eight in
a row away from the OKC. They are back on the road following Sunday's 119-96
home victory versus the Boston Celtics and were led by Reggie Jackson's
career-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
"I thought Reggie started the game off, his stroke was right on target, then
Kevin (Durant) came on a little bit, and Kendrick (Perkins) and Serge (Ibaka)
took over late," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
Durant, the NBA's leading scorer at 29.0 points per game, posted 21 points and
Ibaka chipped in 17 and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won five of
its last seven games overall and shot 51.8 percent for the game. The Thunder
used a 21-7 run to highlight a 66-point first half (66-56) and scored 20
points off of Boston's 16 turnovers.
The Thunder, who own a 12-4 away record and are still without guard Russell
Westbrook (knee surgery), haven't won nine in a row on the road since the team
was located in Seattle during a 10-game burst from Jan. 3 - Feb. 5, 1995.
Utah is coming off Friday's 110-99 road setback to the Los Angeles Lakers. The
Jazz trailed 30-12 after the first quarter and were able to battle back over
the final three quarters, but had a two-game winning streak stopped.
The Jazz were led by Gordon Hayward's 22 points and both Enes Kanter and
Richard Jefferson scored 16 points in defeat. Kanter also grabbed 10 rebounds,
while Marvin Williams, Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans had 11 points apiece.
"We had opportunities. We fought back. We can't afford to fall that far
behind, especially on the road. We didn't get out to the start we thought we
would," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin.
Utah was playing on the road in the second night of a back-to-back and trimmed
a 21-point deficit to four in the last minutes of the game.
Also scheduled to visit Salt Lake City will be Cleveland and Denver. The Jazz
are unbeaten in the last three at home and have a 6-10 mark as the host.
Oklahoma City has beaten Utah twice this season and is 10-2 in the last 12
matchups between the teams.
The Thunder are third in the NBA in scoring at 106.0 points per game and the
Jazz are posting 93.0 ppg.
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