Oklahoma City at Utah

Venue: EnergySolutions Arena

Kevin Durant didn't have one of his best scoring nights in his last game, but it didn't matter much for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Deron Williams' return mattered a great deal for the Utah Jazz.

With each team seeking its second win in as many nights, Durant and the Thunder visit Williams and the Jazz on Saturday night.

Fatigue is unlikely to be a major issue for these clubs. Oklahoma City is 5-3 when playing the second of games on back-to-back nights, while Utah is 8-5.

The Thunder (32-17) have won four of five, thanks in large part to an incredible stretch by Durant. The NBA's scoring leader has had 40 points or more in three of those victories, including a career high-tying 47 in a Jan. 26 win at Minnesota.

Durant appeared quite human Friday at Phoenix, notching his third straight double-double but finishing with 24 points - more than five below his season average of 29.1. The Thunder didn't need him to be any better, though, beating the Suns 111-107 to improve to a season-high 15 games above .500.

"It wasn't just a one-man, two-man game (Friday)," Durant said. "It was everybody."

That included Jeff Green, who finished with a team-high 28 points, and Serge Ibaka, who added 18 on 9-of-10 shooting. Ibaka scored six points in the final three minutes as the Thunder turned a three-point deficit into a four-point victory.

"Serge is a big part of what we do and our success," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "He works and continues to get better. His energy and focus tonight was as well as he could possibly play. He made nearly every shot and they were all big shots down the stretch."

The Jazz (30-21) had dropped eight of 10 entering Friday's game at Denver, including a 2-2 mark during Williams' four-game absence due to a strained tendon in his right wrist.

"The wrist is sore, it's going to be sore for a while," Williams said. "Every time I hit it, land on it, get fouled, it hurts. It's something I have to deal with it. I dealt with it last year for a month and a half."

The All-Star point guard returned to face the Nuggets, and had 26 points and 12 assists to help Utah win 113-106, overtaking Denver for second place in the Northwest Division - three games behind the Thunder.

"Having our captain back was huge," said Al Jefferson, who had team highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds. "It was wonderful. His presence on the court makes things better for us."

While Williams had a successful return, forward Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and center Mehmet Okur (back) missed the game. Their statuses are unknown for this contest.

Williams and Durant have had a couple of memorable matchups within the past year. Williams had 31 points and 11 assists Nov. 15 at home, but Durant scored 30 and made all 16 of his free-throw attempts to lead Oklahoma City to a 115-108 victory.

Durant had one of the best individual games of his career at Utah on April 6, scoring 45 points - including a career-high seven 3-pointers. However, the Thunder lost 140-139 in overtime as Williams finished with 42 for the Jazz.

These teams have split their two previous meetings this season, with each winning on the other's home court.

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Game Odds
Oklahoma City -2.5 Utah 2.5
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Oklahoma City1st Northwest 5527.67105-5Lost 1
Utah3rd Northwest 4042.488155-5Lost 2

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Oklahoma City
M McGarySuspension
No injuries reported.
Key Players
, SF
39.8 Min. Per Game 37.7 Deron<br>Williams
, PG
29.1 Pts. Per Game 22.0
2.8 Ast. Per Game 9.5
6.9 Reb. Per Game 3.6
47.2 Field Goal % 46.5
34.7 Three Point % 35.9
88.2 Free Throw % 85.8
Team Rankings
Oklahoma City Thunder490.65
Utah Jazz391.13
Series Game Log
Oct 25 @ Portland 
Feb 15Utah 
Apr 4Utah 
Apr 8 @ Portland 
Other Games
Atl 99 Final
Wash 92
Dal 101 Final
Char 92
Port 111 Final
Cle 105
LAL 101 Final
NO 95
Mem 93 Final
Hou 95
Det 89 Final
Mil 78
Den 113 Final
Min 100
Chi 90 Final
GS 101