The Oklahoma City Thunder decided a second have surge was enough to stop the Phoenix Suns in front of the 73rd consecutive sell out at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 127-96. Oklahoma City were leading by just five at the intermission at 55-50, but Oklahoma City dropped 72 second half points, an Oklahoma City franchise record, to roll away with the victory. Everyone that played were able to score in some fashion on the court.
The first quarter saw the Thunder jump out 7-0 and 11-2 before the Suns even knew what happened. Goran Dragic was key for Phoenix to get back in the game. Despite Kevin Durant’s hot hand from three-point range, it was Dragic who was able to use the cushion that Russell Westbrook was giving him and penetrate the lane with ease. Dragic dropped 16 first quarter points as the Thunder only led 33-27 after one quarter.
The Dragic show stopped immediately in the second quarter. Oklahoma City put Thabo Sefolosha on Dragic, and that stopped. Other players for Phoenix helped, including MIchael Beasley and Jermaine O’Neal. Oklahoma City wasn’t exactly throwing their best efforts at Phoenix in the quarter, the Suns found themselves on the good side a couple of times. Every time they did the Thunder ha an answer for them in response. The quarter finally swayed into Oklahoma City’s hands when Westbrook nailed a three, giving Oklahoma City the 55-50 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Oklahoma City decided the game was now over. The Thunder started the second half on 20-2 run, really putting the game out of reach for the Thunder. During the third quarter blitz,Kendrick Perkins had eight of his 17 points. He was damn near unstoppable at times tonight.
In the fourth quarter, it turned in to a barrage of three-pointers for the reserves. They pushed the lead up to as many as 32 points in this humdinger of a victory. The Phoenix suns some how cut the lead down to as little as 25, but a Deandrew Liggins three-pointer sealed the 30 point cushion.
Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City shot 14-of-21 from deep and were able to use this to extend a huge lead into the third and fourth quarters. With Oklahoma City shooting so well, Phoenix really had no chance tonight. When most teams shoot 66 percent deep, they’re going to win that game.
Turnover Battle: A+
The Thunder only turned the rock over eight times tonight. That’s so impressive. Even with as much time as the reserves played. In the big third quarter, the Thunder only turned the ball over one time. That was key point in winning that run in the third.
Fast Break Points: A+
30! The Thunder had 30 fast break points. That has to be near a season high. Oklahoma City started the game on the fast break, and they finished on the fast break. It seemed that Phoenix was doomed from the beginning. Didn’t matter that they made a run in the second quarter, the fast break killed them.