NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 6th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (48-28) at Utah Jazz (50-27), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The jumbled Western Conference playoff picture will continue to shake out tonight when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz.
The Thunder, who are attempting to sweep the season series with Utah for the first time in 27 years, are currently the sixth seed in the West, but just 1 1/2 games behind four clubs, Dallas, the Jazz, Denver and Phoenix, for the second spot. Meanwhile, Utah and Denver are also trying to fend off Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division race.
The Jazz are already 0-3 vs. the Thunder this season and another setback would give Oklahoma City its first sweep over Utah since 1982-83, when they were based in Seattle.
The Thunder won their fourth straight game on Sunday, topping hapless Minnesota when Kevin Durant scored 40 points to set a new franchise single- season record in scoring, as Oklahoma City defeated the Timberwolves, 116-108, at Ford Center.
Durant, who now has 2,258 points this season, surpassed Dale Ellis' mark of 2,253, set in 1988-89 for the then-Supersonics. The third-year Texas product has also set the single-season franchise mark for free throws made in a season with 690.
"It's a great accomplishment for me. It's something I'm always going to remember, but it's my teammates...that make me better in practice every day, without them all this wouldn't be here," said Durant of his feat.
The 21-year-old Durant added nine rebounds. Jeff Green had 16 points in the win, while Russell Westbrook provided 10 points and a career-high 16 assists.
The Jazz, meanwhile, lost for the first time in four games against the West's top seed on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers. Lamar Odom finished with a season- high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds in that one, as LA took a 106-92 win.
Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Deron Williams added 20 points and 10 assists for the Jazz.
"I'm proud of us, that we fought back after a bad start," Boozer said. "We dug ourselves a hole, but we cut it to four points early in the fourth quarter."
Forward Andrei Kirilenko sat for the 10th time in 12 games for Utah with a strained calf and remains questionable for tonight as the Jazz shoot for their 10th straight home win.
04/06 10:30:46 ET