Final Score: Oklahoma City 127, Phoenix 96
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant had 21 points, six rebounds
and four assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 127-96 rout of the Phoenix
Russell Westbrook added 17 points and six assists for the Thunder, who have
won three straight games since going 3-4 over their previous seven.
"We were just more aggressive," Westbrook said. "I think our crowd has a lot
to do with it. I think as a team we're getting better. When teams get closer
to the All-Star Break they tend to relax. I think we just want to pick it up."
Thabo Sefolosha netted 18 points, Kendrick Perkins tallied 17 points and nine
rebounds and Kevin Martin poured in 16 in the triumph.
Michael Beasley finished with 25 points and seven boards for Phoenix, which
has dropped six of its last eight contests.
Oklahoma City led 55-50 at the break, but pulled away midway through the third
with an elongated 21-0 run.
Serge Ibaka had seven of his nine points during the surge, which was capped on
Westbrook's steal and transition layup for an 81-55 spread with 3:25 left in
The Thunder took a 91-70 advantage into the fourth and led by as many as 32 in
the final frame.
"This is no reason to hang our heads," Phoenix coach Lindsey Hunter said.
"They have played in the Finals and they know what it's like, and a lot of our
guys don't. This will be a positive teaching tool for us. It's something to
learn from and something to never forget."
The hosts headed into the second with a 33-27 edge.
Oklahoma City outscored Phoenix 36-20 in the third ... Oklahoma City shot 57.5
percent (50-of-87) from the field ... The Thunder scored 29 points off 17
02/09 00:34:01 ET
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