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Durant scores 48 but the Thunder shocked by rampant Jazz

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Kevin Durant enjoyed another monster game on Tuesday night, but his performance was not enough to secure a win as the Oklahoma City Thunder were beaten by the lowly Utah Jazz 112-101 at EnergySolutions Arena.

Four-time All-Star Durant drained 48 points for the visiting Thunder, but Scott Brooks' side were held to just 39.3% shooting as fourth-year swingman Gordon Hayward inspired the Jazz to a shock win.

The former Butler star, who is now effectively the leader of a franchise who are embarking on a youth movement following the exits of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson during the offseason, outshone Durant and had 11 rebounds and seven assists to go along with his 37 points on 13-16 shooting.

Playing their third game in four nights, the Thunder often looked uncharacteristically lethargic and, aside from Reggie Jackson's 20, none of Durant's supporting cast managed to break double figures.

Their defense was simply nowhere to be seen as the Jazz became the first team to shoot over 50% against the Thunder all season.

In stark contrast, each of the Jazz's five starters achieved double figures in scoring, with Derrick Favors - currently operating at center in place of the benched Enes Kanter - netting 15 and a rejuvenated Marvin Williams dropping 12.

The 27-8 Thunder, who still sit top of the Western Conference standings despite the surprising loss, have the opportunity for a break on Wednesday night before heading to Denver to square off against the Nuggets on Thursday.

Tyrone Corbin's Jazz, meanwhile, still sit rock bottom of the West with an underwhelming 12-25 record. However, their form has drastically improved since rookie point guard Trey Burke recovered from a finger injury to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Jazz are at home again on Saturday night, as they welcome the Cleveland to Salt Lake City in what should be Luol Deng's first game in a Cavaliers uniform.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA
Kevin Durant
Western Conference
Utah Jazz

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