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Thunder knock off Jazz, end six-game skid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a six-game skid with a 97-82 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Thunder, who shot 48 percent.

Things might be looking up for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant (broken right foot) and Russell Westbrook (broken right hand) have been practicing and taking contact, and both will be reevaluated in the next few days to see if they are ready to return. Durant, the reigning MVP, hasn’t played this season. Westbrook has played just two games.

Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and Enes Kanter and Trey Burke each added 16 for the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight and matched their lowest point total of the season.

The Thunder shot 53 percent in the first half and led 56-48 at the break, their highest point total before halftime this season. Jackson scored 14 points and Lamb had 13. Hayward scored 14 points in the second quarter to keep the game close.

Ibaka made a 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left in the third quarter to give the Thunder a 66-58 edge, and Anthony Morrow drained one a few minutes later to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 13. The Thunder took a 74-62 lead into the fourth quarter.

Kendrick Perkins missed a free throw, but he got the rebound and found Morrow for a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 95-75 with just under four minutes to play.

TIP-INS

Thunder: F Mitch McGary (left foot fracture) and F Perry Jones (right knee contusion) both are still out. McGary has not played since the preseason and Jones missed his 11th consecutive game. … Lamb scored eight points in the last 1:02 of the first quarter to help the Thunder take a 31-29 lead at the end of the period. … F Nick Collison was issued a technical foul for making excessive contact with Joe Ingles in the second quarter.

Jazz: G/F Rodney Hood missed his 10th straight game with right foot inflammation. … The Jazz squandered a 10-point lead in the first quarter. … Hayward scored 16 points in the first half, and would have had more, but the 86 percent free throw shooter missed 5 of 10 from the line before the break.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma City plays host to New York on Friday.

Utah plays host to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

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