SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Jazz are getting balanced scoring, and so far this season, it is paying off.
Five players scored in double figures, as the Jazz won the back end of a back-to-back over the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night, 97-86.
Joe Ingles scored 19 points, while Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio each added 16, and the Jazz held the potent OKC attack to just 41 percent shooting.
“Obviously we had a really good night and the score reflected that,” head coach Quin Snyder said. “Hopefully we can continue to play hard and share the ball and maybe there’s nights ahead of us.”
The Jazz opened up a 38-19 lead in the in the second quarter thanks to a 27-7 run spanning the first and second quarters.
Gobert added 13 rebounds for his third double-double in three games.
The Thunder cut the lead to single digits on multiple second-half occasions thanks to George and Anthony, but never truly recovered from a horrid first half in which they shot 30.2 percent from the field and went 2 for 15 on 3-pointers. The Jazz answered with a run of their own each time, shot 49.4 percent for the game and never gave up the lead.
Derrick Favors added 13 points, while Joe Johnson scored 12 as the Jazz improved to 2-1 on the season.
“You know, it was a team effort,” Favors said. “But we just wanted to go out and show that we’re a good team also, we played hard and got the win.”
Defending NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook was held to just 6 points on 2 of 11 shooting. The six points is Westbrook’s lowest point total while playing a full game in four years.
Carmelo Anthony led Oklahoma City with 26 points, while Paul George added 22.
The Jazz did commit 19 turnovers, but forced 17 from the Thunder.
Donovan Mitchell started in place of Rodney Hood, who strained his calf in Friday’s loss to Minnesota, and scored just two points on one of seven from the field.
Utah next hits the road Tuesday night to take on the L.A. Clippers.