November 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant records first triple-double as Thunder beat Warriors 119-109

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant got the first triple-double of his career tonight as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109 to improve to 8-3 on the year.

Durant scored 25 points to go with 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. He went 8-of-16 from the field and only turned the ball over twice as the Thunder outscored Golden State by 25 in the 39 minutes he played.

Russell Westbrook poured in 30 points to go with seven assists and five steals in the game. He was more efficient than usual in terms of this season making 12-of-22 shots. Westbrook scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Thunder jumped out to an early lead.

OKC finished the first half strong and led 59-46 at the break. Kevin Martin was again an amazing spark off the bench hot from three draining 5-of-7 long bombs and totaling 23 points and five assists on the night.

The Thunder shot 50.6 percent from the field in the game but allowed 52.4 percent shooting from the Warriors. Leading by 21 after three, Golden State clawed back quickly in the fourth forcing Scott Brooks to reinsert Durant and Westbrook to secure the win.

The Thunder had 31 dimes on the night as the ball movement continues to be vastly improved from what was the league’s worst assists per game average a season ago.

The Thunder will be off the next two nights before taking on the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night on ESPN.

Tags: Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder

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