=== Durant, Thunder thump Hornets ===
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant donated 27 points, nine
rebounds and five assists on Friday to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a
110-95 thumping of the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena.
Kevin Martin poured in 27 points off the bench and Russell Westbrook recorded
a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists for the Thunder, who have won
six of their last seven games.
"We dominated the game," Durant remarked. "Our offense was there and we just
picked our spots. We just put ourselves in good positions to score."
Ryan Anderson paced the Hornets with 15 points and seven boards, while Robin
Lopez netted 12 points and Roger Mason Jr. added 11 points for New Orleans,
which has lost two in a row.
"They are a really good team first of all and you can't just show up and think
that you are going to play against a team like that without playing hard,"
Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "I didn't see our team play with force
tonight and that's something that is concerning for me because that's what
we've done around here."
Oklahoma City scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back
en route to the wire-to-wire victory.
The Thunder shot 68.4 percent from the field in the first quarter and led
by as many as 20 before taking a 36-18 advantage into the second.
Durant and Martin combined for 23 of the Thunder's 30 points in the second, as
the visitors carried a 66-37 lead into the locker room.
Oklahoma City's lead peaked at 34 in the third and only dipped below 20 late
in the fourth as the Thunder cruised to the double-digit victory.
The Thunder have taken five straight meetings with the Hornets ... New Orleans
outscored Oklahoma City, 36-30, in the paint and outrebounded the Thunder,
40-36 ... Oklahoma City shot 54.1 percent from the field and held the Hornets
to 42.3 percent shooting.
11/16 23:16:46 ET