Returning back to Chesapeake Energy Arena to end their six road-game gauntlet, the Jazz got rolled over by the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-79 to extend their losing streak to three.
Turning Point: It was all Thunder right from the beginning of tipoff. Granted the Jazz are missing their key starters Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
The Jazz has been dealing with injuries all year. But it has been the first time they were without their rookie phenom who suffered a right great toe contusion against the Houston Rockets. Without their leading scorer, no Jazz player scored over 20 points.
Turnovers played a major factor in the first half that led the Thunder to lead in double digits. The Jazz gave up a total of 19 turnovers. OKC scored 28 points off the Jazz turnovers.
The short-handed Jazz were no match for the Thunder’s big three, led by Russell Westbrook, who finished with a double-double. Both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George added 18 points.
Jazz Almanac: 14-18, lost 3
The Hero: Russell Westbrook finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Thabo Sefolosha stepped up defensively off the bench, finishing with 12 points and two blocks.
Next Up: vs San Antonio Spurs (21-10) Thurs. Dec. 21 8:30 p.m. M.T.
On Deck: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (16-15) Sat. Dec. 23 6 p.m. M.T.