Oklahoma City used yet another fourth quarter surge to over the Phoenix Suns 102-90. Kevin Durant dropped 41 points tonight on 15-of-30 shooting, including 19 in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City became the league’s first team to 30 wins as they improved their record to 30-8 on the season. Funny, Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin combined to score 89 of the Thunder’s 102 points.
Oklahoma City played without Serge Ibaka, and the first quarter really showed that they missed him. The Suns utilized Luis Scola and Martin Gortat and kept themselves ahead of Oklahoma City for the majority of the first quarter. Oklahoma City trailed by as much as seven points in the quarter, but Oklahoma City used a 6-2 run to close the quarter.
Phoenix grabbed the 30-25 lead with 9:16 left in the second quarter. Oklahoma City then turned on the jets. The Thunder outscored the Suns 20-5 over the next 6:05. Phoenix tried to climb back in the game, and that had help with the old fashion three-point play with 1.8 left in the half. Phoenix tried, but Oklahoma City led at halftime 51-45.
The pesky Suns would not go away in the quarter, despite the Thunder trying to keep a double digit lead. The Thunder lead 68-54 with 5:23 left in the quarter, but the Suns closed the quarter on a 14-4 run. It wasn’t all the Suns doing. Oklahoma City did no favors shooting just 0-of-6, and missing two free throws down the final five minutes of the game.
The fourth quarter though, was the Kevin Durant show. Durant dropped nine points in the first five minutes of the quarter. It helped start the Thunder pulling away. Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 47 of the 51 points in the second half. In fact, Durant took 13 shots in the quarter, nailing eight of them. Durant had 19 fourth quarter points. It was only the fourth game of Durant’s career that he took more than 30 shots or more in games. Oklahoma City put the game on a 15-4 run over a span of 3:39. Then with 1:57 left, Durant capitalized the final scoring mark for him, with a dagger three from the corner. Oklahoma City led 97-84.
Durant had the Dunk of the game, maybe the season:
Keys to the Game
The Suns made nine of 25 attempts from deep, but honestly, wasn’t really that effective or game changing. Oklahoma City, for the most part did a decent job of defending the perimeter. A few of those baskets were made right in the face of a defender. Not a lot you can do when that happens.
Turnover Battle: A+
Oklahoma City turned the ball over 10 times this evening. That’s it. Six of them were in the first half, four in the second. Oklahoma City did a fantastic job taking care of it while forcing turnovers. Oklahoma City forced 15 turnovers, and turned them into 23 points. Oklahoma City was on top of their ball control tonight.
Fast Break Points: A
Oklahoma City got out in transition for 14 points, averaging 12.8 fbpg. They limited the Suns to just six points on the fast break. One big key for Oklahoma City was to get out and run, and they did. It allowed Oklahoma City to really control the tempo this evening.