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The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to close the gap in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference.
There's much more at stake for the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz look to continue their surge and build on their slim lead for the West's final playoff spot Tuesday night when they face the Thunder in what could be a first-round playoff preview.
Oklahoma City (56-21) leads the Northwest Division by three games over Denver with five games left in the regular season, so - barring a collapse - the Thunder should emerge with a third straight division title.
They're probably much more concerned with entering the playoffs with home-court advantage as the West's top seed, and they trail San Antonio by one game in that race after falling 125-120 to New York on Sunday.
"We're good. We've got five more games to go," said forward Kevin Durant, who had 27 points and seven assists. "What's the need to panic for? We're good."
The Jazz (41-37...
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The Jazz were not the ones expecting to be overpowered and outplayed by a struggling Thunder team. While there are still plenty of question marks for Oklahoma City, there was no doubt whether who won and who lost Tuesday night.
Here's our report card of last night's contest:
A - Thunder's physicality
Having tough guys on a team is one thing. However, tough...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 90-80 on Tuesday night.
The Thunder (57-21) continued their push to claim the top overall seed in the Western Conference, while the Jazz lost some momentum in their battle with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot.
Utah (41-38) entered with...
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Jazz center Enes Kanter will undergo a surgical repair on his injured left shoulder.
The roller coaster continued for the Utah Jazz. One minute they're in, the next they're out.
But even after Tuesday's 90-80 loss to Oklahoma City, players weren't about to concede the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference to the Los Angeles Lakers.
''We still got a chance,'' point guard Mo Williams said. ''I'm not sitting...
Mo Williams scored 25 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz regained the Western Conference's final playoff position by holding off the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Sunday night.
Williams made a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to put Utah ahead by six and spoil Golden State's shot to clinch a playoff berth in front of a sellout crowd...
Some Utah Jazz players watched the Lakers-Clippers game on a
big-screen television inside the locker room while they prepared to
face the Golden State Warriors. Others followed the contest on
cellphones while riding on the late bus to the arena. Coach Tyrone
Corbin just checked the final score when the Lakers lost.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant spent his basketball off day at the San Francisco Giants' ballpark on a spectacular Bay Area afternoon, signing autographs and meeting players.
He insists he can learn from watching the best in another sport.
Durant, in town to face the playoff-bound Golden State Warriors on Thursday was especially eager to watch reigning NL MVP and batting...
Carmelo Anthony has finally done something Patrick Ewing and Bernard King never did.
No, not lead the Knicks to an NBA championship, although he will get a chance this year. Anthony topped the list of the NBA’s best-selling jerseys, the league announced Tuesday, becoming the first Knick to do so.
Granted, the NBA has only been keeping track of such sales since 2001, but it is safe...