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             === Thunder travel to Salt Lake City to meet Jazz ===
 (  - Kevin  Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have played
 hot  on the  road of  late and  will begin  a short  trip Tuesday  against the
 Northwest Division-rival Utah Jazz.
 The  Thunder will visit division-foe Denver on this trek and have won eight in
 a  row away from  the OKC. They are back on the road following Sunday's 119-96
 home  victory versus  the  Boston Celtics  and were  led  by Reggie  Jackson's
 career-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
 "I  thought Reggie started  the game off, his stroke was right on target, then
 Kevin  (Durant) came on a little bit, and Kendrick (Perkins) and Serge (Ibaka)
 took over late," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
 Durant, the NBA's leading scorer at 29.0 points per game, posted 21 points and
 Ibaka  chipped in 17  and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won five of
 its  last seven games  overall and shot 51.8 percent for the game. The Thunder
 used  a  21-7 run  to highlight  a 66-point  first half  (66-56) and scored 20
 points off of Boston's 16 turnovers.
 The  Thunder, who  own a 12-4 away  record and are still without guard Russell
 Westbrook (knee surgery), haven't won nine in a row on the road since the team
 was located in Seattle during a 10-game burst from Jan. 3 - Feb. 5, 1995.
 Utah is coming off Friday's 110-99 road setback to the Los Angeles Lakers. The
 Jazz  trailed 30-12 after  the first quarter and were able to battle back over
 the final three quarters, but had a two-game winning streak stopped.
 The  Jazz  were led  by Gordon  Hayward's 22  points and  both Enes Kanter and
 Richard Jefferson scored 16 points in defeat. Kanter also grabbed 10 rebounds,
 while Marvin Williams, Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans had 11 points apiece.
 "We  had opportunities.  We fought  back.  We can't  afford to  fall that  far
 behind,  especially on the  road. We didn't get out to the start we thought we
 would," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin.
 Utah was playing on the road in the second night of a back-to-back and trimmed
 a 21-point deficit to four in the last minutes of the game.
 Also  scheduled to visit Salt Lake City will be Cleveland and Denver. The Jazz
 are unbeaten in the last three at home and have a 6-10 mark as the host.
 Oklahoma  City  has beaten Utah twice  this season and  is 10-2 in the last 12
 matchups between the teams.
 The  Thunder are third  in the NBA in scoring at 106.0 points per game and the
 Jazz are posting 93.0 ppg.
 01/07 10:35:38 ET