LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, USA (AP) – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 and the Thunder outscored the Utah Jazz 110-94 on Saturday, in Oklahoma City’s first game since restart of season.
Steve Adams posted 16 units and 11 rebounds, Danilo Gallinari added 15 and the Thunder had 56% of his field goals.
Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points for the Jazz, but made just five of 15 shots. Utah had just 39% of his shots and eight of 31 triples.
These teams were due to meet on March 11 in Oklahoma City, but everything changed after a COVID-19 test by Utah center Rudy Gobert was positive before the start of the game. That night the NBA announced that it would suspend the season indefinitely.
Months later, the meeting remained relevant. With the win, Oklahoma City moved within a half game of the Jazz in the fight for fourth place in the Western Conference standings, and is a game and a half behind Denver, which is third.
Oklahoma City scored 65% of its field goals in the first half and went on to lead 66-42 at halftime.
Four Thunder players scored in double digits in the first half.
The rest of the game the Thunder had no problems, it was 86-62 at the start of the fourth period.