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            === Thunder put home streak to the test versus Suns ===
 (Sports  Network) - The Oklahoma City Thunder try to nab one more home victory
 in  2012 on  Monday night as they take  on the Phoenix Suns, who aim to halt a
 five-game losing streak.
 The  Thunder  are 15-2  at home  this season and  have won  11 straight as the
 hosting club. They haven't lost at home since Nov. 14 against Memphis.
 Oklahoma  City is  coming off  a  124-94 road  win over  the Houston  Rockets,
 getting 28 points from Russell Westbrook and 26 from Kevin Durant.
 Westbrook added eight assists and eight rebounds, while Kevin Martin racked up
 19  points off the  bench to help the Thunder top their previous scoring high.
 That  also came against the Rockets, a 120-98 rout in Oklahoma City on Nov. 28
 that marked the first meeting between the teams since the preseason trade that
 sent star guard James Harden to Houston.
 Much  of the damage came from beyond the arc, with Oklahoma City knocking down
 13-of-29  shots from three-point range. Martin went 5-of-8 from long distance,
 with Durant hitting on 4-of-9 attempts.
 "I  started off  terrible and I just  wanted to get going," Durant said of his
 performance.  "My  teammates always believe  in me and  I believe in myself. I
 just wanted to come off and shoot a good shot."
 In  winning for the 14th time in 16 games, the Thunder turned a two-point lead
 with  four minutes left  in the first half to a commanding edge by scoring the
 final 16 points of the second quarter.
 The  Thunder  play the first of  three in a row  at home against the Suns, who
 have  lost 12 of their last 16 and fell to 2-13 on the road this season with a
 111-107 setback in Minnesota on Saturday.
 Luis Scola poured in a game-high 33 points with 10 rebounds, Shannon Brown had
 21 points and Goran Dragic added 16 points and 12 assists in the setback.
 Phoenix  led 102-99  with  3:47  left in  the  fourth  quarter, but  Minnesota
 countered with a 10-4 surge to go up with 55.6 seconds left.
 "This  is our 11th  close game and we cannot finish any of them," Dragic said.
 "All  of those  games were close, even  tonight's game. We just have to battle
 and try to get a little bit of confidence."
 The  Suns will  close out a three-game  road trip looking to snap a three-game
 slide in Oklahoma City.
 Phoenix  lost all three of its meetings with the Thunder a season ago and have
 lost six straight and eight of its last 10 in this series.
 12/31 10:37:28 ET

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