Five takeaways from the Thunder's win against the Jazz
The Thunder picked up perhaps its most impressive win of the season Monday night, beating the Jazz 104-90 in Salt Lake City. Here are five takeaways from the game:
Schroder heat check
Dennis Schroder channeled his inner Trae Young with 3-pointers that stretched far beyond the arc. His offensive burst in the third quarter propelled the Thunder.
Schroder is one of few Thunder players who can manufacture offense out of nothing. His speed alone allows for that.
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Schroder attempted a team-high 21 shots, but was mostly efficient despite the high volume. He shot 11-of-21 from the field and made 3-of-8 3-point attempts.
Schroder has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games. His 27 points Monday night were just shy of his season-high 31 points he scored at the Lakers.
The question of how the Thunder will look when Danilo Gallinari is traded was answered Monday night in Salt Lake City.
So far, surprisingly good.
Gallinari was sidelined with a left ankle sprain, and rookie Darius Bazley slid into the starting lineup. Mike Muscala also saw time at power forward, his first meaningful playing time in two weeks.
The Thunder was without Gallinari, Terrance Ferguson, Hamidou Diallo and Andre Roberson because of injuries.
All of that made for some interesting lineups. Thunder coach Billy Donovan finished the first half with a super small lineup of Chris Paul, Schroder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort on the floor together with Steven Adams.
Third quarter reversal
Maybe Oklahoma City has moved past its third quarter problems.
The Thunder outscored the Jazz 34-21 in the third quarter Monday.
Dort hangs tough
Defending Damian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell in back-to-back nights didn’t seem to bother Dort.
Mitchell still poured in 26 points, but needed 25 shots to get there. He was just 1-of-8 from behind the arc. Dort played 29 minutes and scored nine points on sharp cuts to the rim that ended in easy buckets. OKC's bench outscored Utah's 45-23.
The Thunder held the Jazz to 26 percent 3-point shooting a night after holding the Blazers to 27 percent shooting from deep.
The Jazz shot just 40 percent overall as the Thunder continues to flash signs of an above-average defense.
Winning on the road
The Thunder started the season 0-6 on the road. OKC was the second-to-last team in the NBA to record a road win.
But since the 0-6 start, the Thunder are 4-1 away from home with wins at Golden State, New Orleans, Portland and Utah.
The Jazz was 9-2 at home before Monday.