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                === Thunder shoot for another win over Suns ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  The Oklahoma  City Thunder  have owned  the Phoenix  Suns
 lately  and shoot for a second straight season sweep Sunday in the back end of
 a home-and-home series at US Airways center.
 
 The  Thunder have  won the first three  meetings with the Suns this season and
 posted  a  127-96 rout on Friday  in the OKC.  Kevin Durant had 21 points, six
 rebounds  and  four assists, while  Russell Westbrook  added 17 points and six
 assists for the Thunder, who took all three meetings with Phoenix a season ago
 and are riding a nine-game winning streak in the series.
 
 Oklahoma City has won three in a row overall after alternating wins and losses
 over the previous eight contests.
 
 "We  were  just more  aggressive," Westbrook said  after the Thunder's seventh
 straight  home win.  "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."
 
 The  highest scoring team  in the league at 106.6 ppg, the Thunder received 18
 and  17 points,  respectively, from Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins. They
 used a 21-0 run in the third quarter to put the game away and scored a season-
 high 72 points in the second half.
 
 The 127 points were also a season-best for OKC.
 
 Oklahoma City, which has a comfortable lead atop the Northwest standings, will
 play  two straight  and three  of four  games  on the  road. It  has lost  two
 straight and three of four games on the road, however.
 
 The Thunder own a 15-9 ledger away from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
 
 Phoenix  closed  out a four-game  road trip (1-3) with  the recent loss to the
 Thunder and has dropped six of eight overall.
 
 Michael  Beasley  finished with 25 points  and seven boards for Phoenix, which
 got  19 points and six assists from Goran Dragic. Phoenix trailed by just five
 at halftime, 55-50, but the second half was a different story (72-46).
 
 "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  Suns  are now  4-6 (2-1  at home) under  Hunter, who  took over for Alvin
 Gentry  last month.  Beasley has  benefited from  the coaching  change and  is
 averaging 16.1 ppg after the switch.
 
 Phoenix  is  winless in the  last five home bouts  with Oklahoma City and will
 play three straight on the road following Sunday's contest.
 
 02/10 11:09:47 ET

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