The courtside sign in Chesapeake Energy Arena simply stated, "Jazz is dead."

As far as we know, it was intended strictly for Utah's prospects of winning Wednesday night's game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

However, judging by the way the Jazz played for most of the first half and into the third quarter, it may have been a fitting epitaph for Utah's postseason hopes this year.

A nine-point second-quarter showing, in which they shot a dreadful 3-of-24 from the field, doomed the Jazz to a 22-point halftime deficit, and the Thunder rolled to an eventual 110-87 victory over a struggling Utah squad which has now lost eight of its last 10 games.

"Our defense was outstanding that first half," OKC coach Scott Brooks said. "Holding a very good offensive team to a low field goal percentage and nine points in the second quarter, I thought that was the game right there."