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Thunder streaking again! Thunder win 7th straight

Chuck Chaney December 17, 2013 1 Comment
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Oklahoma City trailed for just a short time in the first quarter, before pulling into the lead. Kevin Durant scored 30 points, grabbed six boards as the Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 105-93 for Oklahoma City’s seventh straight victory.

The win gives Oklahoma City 15 wins in their last 16 games. It’s been two weeks since Oklahoma City has lost a ball game.

Durant was just special again. His 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting is a sub-par day for him, but a pretty solid shooting night for most players. At some point everyone is going to quit over reacting to the fact that Durant does it so easily. It comes so naturally for the seventh year MVP candidate. It was the 12th time this season Durant has scored at least 30 points, league high.

He wasn’t the only one tonight. Serge Ibaka hit the first 11 points of the game for the Thunder, and Russell Westbrook was just as involved tonight. Ibaka had 17 points, 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. Westbrook was not to be outdone tonight though. He finished with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Westbrook is averaging 20.2 points per game, 9.2 assists per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, he hasn’t reached the triple-double mark yet. He’s really pushing for it.

Oklahoma City (20-4) grabbed their first double-digit lead in the second quarter when Nick Collison hit the jumper, giving the Thunder a 35-24 lead with 9:35 lead until halftime. That was the cap off of a 9-0 run for the Thunder.

The only time that Denver (13-10) really threatened in the second half was when Nate Robinson scored 10 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to cut the Thunder lead down to 83-77 with 7:15 remaining. However, Oklahoma City put on a little run of their own, Oklahoma City outscored Denver 16-2 over the next 2:48 to give the Thunder some cushion.

Despite the final score, of only 12 point difference, the Thunder never were really threatened.

Keys to the Game

Fast Start: B
The two tough quarters for the Thunder were just fine tonight. Oklahoma City struggled a bit in both, but quickly figured out how to over come the pesky Denver Nuggets. Serge Ibaka was huge in both quarters to help weather any storm that Denver threw at them. Now, let’s see the Thunder do this against some real quality opponents.

Block out!: A+
Oklahoma City limited the Nuggets to just 43 rebounds and just five second chance points. Denver had been a top five team in second chance points before tonight. Credit the Thunder bigs, Ibaka, Collison, Steven Adams and Kendrick Perkins for doing a really good job down low. Oklahoma City earned this victory blocking out tonight.

Thunder Run!: B
Oklahoma City outscored today on the fast break 18-16. They had come into tonight a top five team in breaking out. That wasn’t the disappointment. Well, there wasn’t any of that. However, they took a really good team that gets back into transition and scored six more points than the Nuggets typically allow in transition. Good job by the Thunder gunners tonight.

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