NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 24th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (7-7) at Utah Jazz (7-6), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz shoot for a season-high fourth straight win Tuesday when they host the improved Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena.
A short-handed Jazz team earned the third straight triumph in the opener of a six-game homestand on Saturday when Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko totaled 22 points each and combined to score all 10 points in overtime, as Utah pulled out a 100-97 win against the Detroit Pistons.
"It's a big win for us," Boozer said. "To come back home after a big game, but every game for us right now is big for us. We're trying to move this train in the right direction with wins and learn as we go along. We'll continue to trust each other as we go along, so that's what we're doing, and we're having fun."
Ronnie Brewer added 15 points for the Jazz, who were coming off their first regular-season win in San Antonio since February 28, 1999.
Already without Kyle Korver (knee), C.J. Miles (thumb), Matt Harpring (ankle/knee) and Ronnie Price (toe), Utah suited up just nine players for the game against Detroit as center Mehmet Okur missed his third straight contest with flu-like symptoms. Okur remains questionable for tonight's game.
Utah will finish its residency with games against Chicago, Portland, Memphis and Indiana.
The Thunder, meanwhile, dropped the opener of a short, two-game trek in Los Angeles on Sunday when Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, yanked down six rebounds and had seven assists as the Lakers used a strong first half to run past Oklahoma City, 101-85, at Staples Center.
Kevin Durant ended with 19 points for the Thunder, who failed to gain momentum from a 19-point home win over Washington Friday night. Russell Westbrook chipped in 14 points, seven boards and seven assists for the Thunder, who lost despite tying a franchise mark with 15 blocked shots. Five of them came from Serge Ibaka, who also had 11 points and 13 rebounds.
"We played against the best team in basketball. They have so many dynamic players," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll take tonight as a lesson learned."
The Thunder are winless in Salt Lake City (0-4) since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle for the 2007-08 season. However, Brooks' team, which returns home for a five-game residency after tonight's contest, is a solid 4-4 on the road this season. The Thunder didn't earn their fifth win as the visitor last year until March 10.
11/24 10:28:08 ET