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Durant scores 42 as Thunder down Jazz
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 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.
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 in the fourth quarter 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."
10/30 23:59:16 ET
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