NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Oklahoma City
(Sunday, March 8th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 89, Philadelphia 74
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Nenad Krstic scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the suddenly surging Oklahoma City Thunder past the Philadelphia 76ers, 89-74.
Nick Collison registered 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who have won four of five, all without Kevin Durant, who was out again with an ankle injury. Russell Westbrook provided 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Malik Rose had 14 points in the win.
"I don't know, we just go out and play," Collison said of the team's recent success. "It's not predetermined who's going to get the ball and get shots. We just move the ball and move ourselves and we've been playing well offensively."
Thaddeus Young and Andre Miller each had 20 points for the Sixers, who have lost three of four overall. No other Philadelphia player had 10 or more points, as the team shot just 39.4 percent in the loss.
"You know, we didn't play well," said Sixers forward Andre Iguodala, who was limited to nine points. "We haven't been playing too well after the All-Star break. We're starting to relax too much. We got to get ourselves on pace or we can find ourselves in a bad position."
After falling behind by eight early, the Sixers grabbed a 24-18 lead after the first quarter thanks to 10 points from Young.
The Thunder absolutely dominated the second quarter, scoring 20 of the period's first 22 points. Krstic contributed six points during the stretch, and his jumper with four minutes left in the period gave Oklahoma City a 12- point lead.
The hosts held a 48-36 lead at halftime. The Thunder increased their lead to 66-52 after the third quarter.
Philadelphia got as close at 10 in the fourth quarter but never made a serious threat, as the Thunder stormed off with the victory.
The teams split the season series, 1-1, and the Thunder snapped a five-game losing streak to the Sixers on Sunday...Oklahoma City forward Jeff Green sat out with a back injury...The Sixers had a three-game road winning streak snapped...The Thunder shot 47.9 percent from the field in the win...Krstic was 10-of-13 from the field...Oklahoma City outscored Philadelphia, 30-12, in the second quarter.
03/09 00:55:28 ET