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          === Thunder stifle Warriors for second straight victory ===
 
 Oklahoma  City,  OK (Sports Network)  - Kevin Durant  poured in a game-high 25
 points  to go  with seven rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the
 Golden State Warriors, 119-98, on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
 
 Russell  Westbrook added  22 points and Kevin Martin donated 21 points off the
 bench  for  the Thunder,  who have  won back-to-back games  for the first time
 since winning six straight from Jan. 9-18.
 
 "We  did a good  job of getting our hands on loose balls on defense, forcing a
 lot  of turnovers and  we were looking for the open man on offense," Westbrook
 said. "It was a good win for us."
 
 Serge  Ibaka finished  with 15  points,  nine boards  and six  blocks to  help
 Oklahoma City improve to 22-3 at home.
 
 Harrison  Barnes  paced the Warriors with  19 points and Stephen Curry stuffed
 the  stat  sheet with 14  points, 11 assists and  eight rebounds in the team's
 second straight defeat.
 
 "We  were not sharp defensively," Golden State coach Mark Jackson admitted. "I
 thought  we played well  in spurts, but you give up 64 points in the paint and
 29  points off  turnovers,  that's  a recipe  for  disaster  coming into  this
 building against this team."
 
 Curry  kept the Warriors  close in the early going, as his 3-pointer just past
 the  midpoint of  the first brought Golden State within 16-13, but the Thunder
 closed the quarter on an 18-9 swing to take a 34-22 cushion after 12 minutes.
 
 Oklahoma  City  continued its surge  in the second,  as the Thunder scored the
 first  eight points of  the stanza to build a 20-point advantage less than two
 minutes in.
 
 The Thunder maintained their double-digit edge throughout the second and never
 allowed  the Warriors to get closer than 14 in the frame before taking a 67-49
 advantage into the break.
 
 Golden  State outscored  the Thunder, 30-23, in the third frame to pull within
 90-79  heading  in the fourth, but  after the teams exchanged buckets to start
 the  final frame, Oklahoma  City put the game away with a 14-2 surge capped by
 Nick Collison's jumper to make it 106-83 with 7:33 remaining.
 
 The  margin never  dipped below 19 the  rest of the way as the Thunder cruised
 down the stretch.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Golden State dropped to 14-13 on the road this season and has dropped eight in
 a  row as the guest in this series ... Collison finished with eight points and
 five rebounds for the Thunder ... Oklahoma City outscored the Warriors, 64-40,
 in the paint.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/07 00:38:35 ET