Jazz fans can thank guard Gordon Hayward's career night for that.
"Yeah, I was in the zone a little bit tonight," Hayward said. "It is finally good to be there. It has been a rough season shooting for me."
Hayward hit 13 of 16 shots, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists to help the Jazz (12-25) pick up their biggest win of a rough, rebuilding season. Hayward's steal and slam at the 1:01 mark punctuated Utah's third win in four games.
"How about Gordon? He was huge," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "I mean, we needed every last basket he made for us. ... He carried us down the stretch just by making plays."
It took a huge night by Hayward to overshadow the performance by Durant.
Durant's performance was necessary because of injuries to starters Russell Westbrook (knee) and Serge Ibaka (flu-like symptoms). Durant's 48 points ties the NBA-high he had Saturday in a 115-111 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"You always bring it against the best. He is an unbelievable player and he tried to carry them," Hayward said of Durant. "They were injured, had a couple of players that were out and still made it a game."
"I knew the guys were going to battle back and make a game out of it," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We had a chance to cut it to two or three. ... But give them credit. Give Coach Ty (Corbin) credit. That guy is battling every game and getting these young guys to play hard."
"They cut it down to (five) and we were able to get some big shots and weather the storm," Corbin said. "That's a tremendous learning lesson for a young group of guys."
Despite Durant's 22-point first half, the Jazz continued their offensive surge with a 29-point second quarter. Utah took a 59-47 lead into the locker room at the break after shooting 58.3 percent in the first half compared with 42.2 percent shooting for the Thunder.
"We fought. We fought, but we can't just play one quarter every game," Durant said. "We made too many mental mistakes and they capitalized on them. When you give a team confidence, then it changes the whole game."
NOTES: The Thunder were part of a three-team trade in which they received two future conditional second-round picks from Memphis. Oklahoma City sent F Ryan Gomes to the Boston Celtics and cash considerations to the Grizzlies. The Celtics also received PG Jerryd Bayless from Memphis in exchange for SG Courtney Lee and a second-round pick. ... Gomes was released by Boston on Tuesday after the trade was made official. ... The Jazz trimmed their roster to 14 players, waiving forward Mike Harris before the deadline for all contracts to become guaranteed. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 20 games this season. "To his credit, he did everything we asked him to do," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Great locker room guy, great teammate for the guys. It's just unfortunate it's part of the business that we had to make a decision."