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Vitals: Jazz at Thunder

Vitals: Thunder at Jazz Vitals: Thunder at Jazz

Originally Published: Dec 31, 2009 12:27 PM CDT

Stephany Speck
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

Utah Jazz (18-13) at Oklahoma City Thunder (17-14)
Thursday, December 31, 2009, 7:00 p.m. CST
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Game 31 of 82

Anticipated Starting Lineups

Utah (Away)
Oklahoma City (Home)
PG
Deron Williams
19.9 PPG, 10.1 APG
Russell Westbrook
16.2 PPG, 7.0 APG
SG
Ronnie Brewer
11.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG
Thabo Sefolosha
6.3 PPG, 2.0 APG
SF
C.J. Miles
8.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG
Kevin Durant
28.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG
PF
Carlos Boozer
19.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG
Jeff Green
14.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG
CMehmet Okur
12.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG
Nenad Krstic
8.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG

Injuries
Oklahoma City: G/F, Kyle Weaver (shoulder, out); G, Kevin Ollie (knee, out); G/F, Matt Harpring (knee, out).
Utah: SG, Kyle Korver (knee, out).

Where to find it...
On TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
On Radio: Thunder Radio Network

What you need to know...
The Thunder is playing for its fifth-straight win when they host the Jazz. It’s the second time the two teams have faced each other, following Oklahoma City’s 104-94 win over Utah on Nov. 24.

In its previous match up, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 28 points with eight assists, while Jeff Green recorded 19 points. The Thunder’s most recent addition, reserve guard Eric Maynor, will face his old teammates for the first time since the Jazz traded him on Dec. 22.

The Jazz will being playing for its third-straight win on New Year’s Eve, but has struggled on the road this season, winning only six of its nine away games. The team averages only 94.6 points per game.

Who to Watch...
Last time out, Thabo Sefolosha kept Utah’s star point guard Deron Williams in check, but Carlos Boozer notched 26 points. Both players are equally dangerous, which will make containment the name of the game for the Thunder.

Durant is playing like one of the league’s elite. In his last five games, Durant has scored 30-plus points, shooting 58.8 percent from the field. Last time out against the Washington Wizards, Durant recorded his seventh double-double of the season. With the way he’s played in December, he may be sad to see 2009 come to an end.
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