OKLAHOMA CITY -- With only one victory under his belt this season, Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin decided to shake things up. Not only did he change his starting lineup, but he said he wanted to slow down the pace his team played at.
Forward Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help pace the Thunder. Forward Kevin Durant added 19 points on 3-for-9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Guard Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 15 points in the win.
Utah had only two players reach double figures in scoring. Center Eric Kanter and forward Rudy Gobert each scored 10 points to lead the Jazz off the bench. Forward Richard Jefferson and center Derrick Favors posted eight points each.
Despite playing shorthanded, OKLAHOMA CITY started its game against Utah in a business-like manner. Ibaka put it on display in the first quarter when he scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. That included him flying in to grab a rebound and tip dunk back over the Jazz front line.
"When you are not scoring, it puts a lot of pressure on your defense to stop a team to keep the game close," Utah fForward Marvin Williams said. "Unfortunately for us, the team we had to stop was OKC. That's how a game can get away from you pretty quickly."
Utah tried to keep the game close by going to guard Gordon Howard and center Derrick Favors. But the Thunder's defense on the Jazz's top two players was solid. They combined for 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.
"We were really good at putting our hands on the ball and helping each other, and protecting the paint," Durant said. "If we do that, we really give ourselves a chance, no matter how bad we shoot."
"I just utilize what I have, my abilities, and do the best I can for my team whenever I get in," Jones said. "Whether it's 30 seconds or however many minutes I played tonight."
Thunder kept up their attack in the third quarter and slowly began to open up a 30-point lead. Guard Reggie Jackson, who started his first game since the return of Russell Westbrook, drove through the lane for layups.
The only drama came from the verbal back and forth between Durant and Jefferson. After Jefferson was called for a foul on Durant early in the period, the two exchanged words for the rest of the period.
"You have to fight, man," Corbin said. "You have to go down fighting. Whatever happens, you have to make sure you give maximum effort and you can fight your way out through there. But if you let teams have their way with you, then it's difficult. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you."
NOTES: OKLAHOMA CITY G Russell Westbrook sat out Sunday's game against Utah. According to coach Scott Brooks, it was a chance to get his All-Star point guard rest during the middle of a long homestand. "We are just resting him," Brooks said. "It's very rare you can look at your schedule and you're going to have one game in five days." ... After falling behind by 28 points Friday at Dallas, Utah coach Tyrone Corbin shook up his starting lineup in OKLAHOMA CITY. In place of G John Lucas III and C Enes Kanter, he inserted Michigan rookie Trey Burke at point guard and F Marvin Williams. Burke was inactive the first 12 games due to surgery on his right index finger. ... Utah G Diante Garrett played in his first game against the Thunder since he was waived by OKLAHOMA CITY in the preseason. Garrett began the regular season with the Iowa Energy in the D-League. Since being called up to the Jazz, he's averaged 5.0 points and 4.5 assists in 17 minutes of action.