The frustration of a debilitating loss was evident on Tuesday night as Kevin Durant received his first ever flagrant foul as an NBA player.
He had gone six years without such a penalty, but the game was in hand in the fourth quarter when Durant shoved Alec Burks out of bounds. It’s not often you see such a solid team suffer such an off night. Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are not used to this type of defeat, losing to the Utah Jazz 109-94.
The Thunder were going into the game with a four-game winning streak while the Jazz were looking to avoid another loss to add to their two-game drought. The end result? A blowout in Utah’s favor, thanks to solid play from Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Not even an impressive 33-point performance from Durant could stop the Jazz from catching the breaks and pulling out a tough win against the league’s top team.
The Thunder will be OK, however, with Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way for this team. They are serious title contenders and many people’s favorite to win the league title.
The improving play of Thabo Sefolosha is also something that will keep the Thunder in contention.
Cooling off the Thunder is not an easy thing to do, but the Jazz made it look like each team’s role was switched. The Jazz are one of the best home teams in the league(20-6) while the Thunder are an average road team(16-10).
The Thunder will face another top NBA team in the Miami Heat on Thursday to get back on track.