SALT LAKE CITY -- They're the leaders and they're not afraid.
Just hours before the tipoff of their fourth season in the NBA, Jazzmen Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward said Wednesday morning they're not ruffled by their new roles on the team.
Following morning shootaround before their season-opening game with Oklahoma City Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena, Hayward, 23, and Favors, 22, said they understand the Jazz are their team to lead and they're willing to do it.
"Me and Gordon, we're coming out as leaders, we've got to be vocal out there, set the tone early," Favors said.
Favors said he and Hayward need to "let guys know, 'This is how we're gonna do things around here.'"
The Jazz stayed with OKC until the final seconds of the game. Favors had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Hayward added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Playing on the USA Basketball men's Select Team, Hayward and Favors got together over the summer in Las Vegas and discussed becoming leaders in Utah's locker room.
"We did a little bit," Hayward said. "We talked about (how) there was a void left with everyone leaving and (now) it's kind of our time. We've been waiting for this game tonight for a while."
In a show of faith toward Favors, Hayward, Enes Kanter and others, the Jazz said goodbye to all their veteran players over the offseason, believing it was time to let their youngsters take over.
"This is the Utah Jazz's team," Kanter said. "We just try to lead the team but this is the Utah Jazz's team, we just go out there and try to help the team."
Kanter had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot.
* BEST PLAY: John Lucas III tosses a spot-on lob to Favors, who catches it ahead of OKC's defense and throws down a crowd-pleasing dunk to give the Jazz an early 9-6 lead.
* BEST LINE: OKC's Kevin Durant scored a game-high 42 points but he took 24 shots. The line of the night goes to Utah's Alec Burks who scored 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting. He also had six rebounds and six assists.
* KEY STAT: The Jazz committed 22 turnovers, 11 in each half. The Thunder had just 13 total.
* MILESTONE: The Jazz are now 12-4 in season-opening games at EnergySolutions Arena.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz were without five of the 15 players on their opening-night roster. Andris Biedrins (left ankle), Trey Burke (right index finger), Jeremy Evans (right shoulder), Brandon Rush (left knee) and Marvin Williams (right Achilles) all missed the game. ... OKC played without guard Russell Westbrook (right knee).
* ETC.: Favors scored the first field goal as well as the first free throws of the 2013-14 season, giving the Jazz a 4-2 lead just minutes in the game. ... John Lucas III started at point guard for the Jazz. ... Former Jazz point guard Derek Fisher was greeted with a chorus of boos when he checked in with 4:33 left in the quarter. ... Last time Thunder rookie Steven Adams played at the ESA his Pitt Panthers were getting beat by Wichita State in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. ... The Jazz had 11 turnovers in the first half, OKC had five. ... The Jazz had 18 field goals on 16 assists in the first half.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz will play at Phoenix on Friday then return home to host Houston on Saturday.