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OKC Thunder (13-4) vs. New Orleans Hornets (4-10) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Hornets will meet for the second time this season. The first was a 110-95 win in Oklahoma City and this time the game will be played in New Orleans.

Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points for the Thunder in the first meeting. Durant went 9-of-12 from the field and Martin 9-of-17 including tying a franchise record with six made 3-pointers.

The Thunder shot 54.1 percent from the field as a team and made 14-of-29 3-pointers. They also totaled 31 assists as a team.

Meanwhile, the Thunder held the Hornets to just 42.3 percent shooting from the field. Anthony Davis finished with just eight points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Davis will be out for tonight’s game. The Hornets have lost eight of their last nine games which includes their first meeting with the Thunder.

The Hornets also have to deal with a Russell Westbrook that has been playing some great basketball as of late.

Westbrook had 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting the first time OKC played New Orleans but is fresh off one of his best games of the year in which he had 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

The Hornets aren’t exactly set in terms of defending elite point guards with Greivis Vasquez and Brian Roberts making up the one position for them. Staying in front of Westbrook will be especially difficult tonight and with no Davis patrolling the paint, the price of allowing Westbrook to penetrate will be steep.

The Thunder are on a roll of late winning their last four games and seven of their last eight. The Hornets don’t look like the team to end that streak right now.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST.

Tags: New Orleans Hornets Oklahoma City Thunder

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