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NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Utah



(Wednesday, October 30th)

Final Score: Oklahoma City 101, Utah 98

Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant made 22 free throws and scored 42 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a 101-98 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams.

Utah's Gordon Hayward pulled up in front of Durant and missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Durant was just 9-of-24 from the field but took 24 fouls shots.

"I just tried to be aggressive and I thought my teammates put me in a good position to be aggressive," said Durant. "I gotta finish some and-ones and make some more shots."

Durant and the Thunder started the season without guard Russell Westbrook and got 14 points apiece from guards Thabo Sefolosha and Reggie Jackson.

Westbrook probably won't be back for at least a month after he had a second surgery Oct. 1 on the knee he injured in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Jazz, in the midst of a rebuild after missing the playoffs for the second time in seven seasons, were led by Alec Burks' 24 points off the bench. Five other players scored in double digits.

Derrick Favors, the former No. 3 draft pick who signed a four-year extension this month, had 15 points for the Jazz but only seven after the first quarter.

The Thunder led 57-48 at halftime, then shot only 34.2 percent in the second half. The Jazz played their way back into the game as the Thunder shot 23.5 percent in the fourth quarter.

"I thought our defense in the second half was really, really good," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "Our execution on offense will have to get better. ... But they're learning."

Durant tipped a pass from Burks to Favors and stole the ball, leading to a pair of free throws that gave the Thunder a 97-92 lead with 37.4 seconds left.

Later, Favors missed two foul shots with a chance to make it a one-point game, but the Jazz got there anyway when Burks knocked down two with 11.1 ticks remaining.

Jackson followed with two free throws for Oklahoma City and Durant made it a two-point game again with his 21st and 22nd free throws after a Burks dunk.

The Jazz had 6.4 seconds left and Hayward dribbled up the right side, stopping several feet in front of the 3-point line for his shot over Durant. It clanked off the front of the rim, then hit the backboard as time expired.

Favors had eight points in the first quarter, Durant countered with 11 and the teams were tied 29-29 going into the second. The Thunder closed the first half on a 9-1 run for a 57-48 lead at the break and led by as many as 15 in the third quarter.

Game Notes

Oklahoma City was 60-22 last season, the best record in the West, but lost in the conference semifinals to Memphis ... Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet served his one-game suspension for head-butting New Orleans center Greg Stiemsma in a preseason game Oct. 17 ... Oklahoma City won three of the four meetings between the teams last season and has taken nine of the last 11 in the series.

10/31 02:05:28 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR