Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 53 points Friday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past the Philadelphia 76ers 109-85 to improve to 25-7 on the year.
Durant scored 26 to go with six rebounds and three assists and Westbrook had 27 along with five assists and three boards.
The Thunder shot 52.7 percent from the field and were especially hot from beyond the arc making 10-of-16 attempts. Westbrook and Kevin Martin each went 4-for-4 from deep.
The Thunder shot only 41 percent in the first half but made up for that by hitting the glass and getting eight of their 10 offensive rebounds in the game in the first two quarters. The Thunder would outscore the 76ers 63-43 in the second half.
Serge Ibaka recorded his first double-double of the new year with 15 points and 10 rebounds but didn’t block a shot for only the second time this season.
Nick Young provided a much needed spark for the 76ers scoring 21 points off the bench and knocking down five 3-pointers. Besides him, the Thunder did a good job containing point guard Jrue Holiday who finished with 15 points and nine assists but was just 1-of-6 from behind the arc.
The Thunder forced Philadelphia – who came into the game turning the ball over on only 12 percent of their possessions – to turn the ball over 20 times. The Thunder scored 24 points off those turnovers.
The Thunder came into this game with the best record in the NBA and it will remain that way. They will be off tomorrow before traveling to Toronto on Sunday to play the Raptors at 1 p.m. EST.