Starstruck! Thunder 102 – Suns 90

Jan. 14, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball over Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Thunder defeated the Suns 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder(30-8) faced off against the Phoenix Suns(13-27) last night without starting power forward Serge Ibaka and you know what? The Thunder were just fine. Oklahoma City won their fourth straight game last night against the Phoenix Suns by the final score of 102 -90.

Phoenix was absolutely starstruck last night as Oklahoma City superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 77 of the Thunder’s 102 points. Kevin Durant for the fourth time this season broke the 40 point mark as he dropped 41 points on the Suns last night, 19 of which came in the fourth quarter; his partner in crime Russell Westbrook added 36 points eight rebounds and five assists.

“We basically lost to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant,” Gortat said. “These two guys were just outstanding. They played great. The pick-and-roll between these two guys is just ridiculous.”

The Suns had a rough night offensively shooting only about 42% from the field on the game and also committing 15 turnovers which led to 23 points for Oklahoma City. The Thunder didn’t have to greatest night offensively but any time would you have two players combine to score 77 points in a game, odds are you’re going to be okay.

Kevin Durant scored his 40th point of the game on what could potentially be the dunk of the year as he rose above the 6’11 Marcin Gortat for the vicious jam and the foul. Durant’a dunk is already drawing a lot of attention from players around the league the Celtics’ Jeff Green said this in a tweet:

“I think my bro @KDtrey5 tryna battle me for the most posters this year… I think I’m up a couple but y he do Gortat like that…lol”

“I ain’t going to deny it. That was probably one of the top three dunks of the year,” Gortat said. “At least I’m going to be out there. I’m just going to try to be silly about it. I’m not going to cry. It’s just part of the game. I already knew what was going on when he took off. I didn’t lift my hands up. I just tried to get out of the picture and at least smile.”

With Jared Dudley out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Shannon Brown started in his place and Brown contributed 21 points for the Suns while the Polish Hammer Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 15 rebounds but ultimately the Suns as a unit simply couldn’t overcome the great performances by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the best in the business.

Heading into the fourth quarter the  Thunder had a 72 -68 lead over the Suns. After the two teams exchanged a couple of buckets to begin the quarter, Durant would propel Oklahoma City on a 6-0 which gave them a 82-74 lead with 7:15 left in the ballgame.

Sebastian Telfair would answer Oklahoma City’s run with a three-pointer which cut the Thunder lead to five as they lead 82-77. Oklahoma City would then go on a 15-4 run which was capped off by a Durant free throw after that electrifying dunk. At that point in the game Oklahoma City had a 97-81 lead with a little over two minutes left of the ballgame and that was just about all she wrote.

The Suns did a great job defensively on Durant throughout most of the game holding him to 7 of 17 shooting from the floor and 22 points throughout the first three quarters but Durant explosion in the fourth quarter absolutely just killed the Suns. Durant and Westbrook were just scoring at will and the Suns did little to answer.

 

 

Topics: NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns

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