Feb 8, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Shannon Brown (26) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder Blow Out The Suns 127-96 For Third Straight Win


Feb 8, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) attempts a shot against Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) and Suns center Jermaine O

For a few minutes, it seemed like the Thunder would struggle beating a below par Phoenix Suns team. Then, the Thunder came out of the locker room to start the second half, and just went on a tear. Oklahoma City went on a 26-5 run, and scored 17 unanswered to stretch the game out. From there on, the Thunder never looked back.

Oklahoma City blew out the Phoenix Suns 127-96 tonight for their 3rd straight win.

After one the Thunder led the Suns, 33-27. Kevin Durant had 12 points for the Thunder, and Goran Dragic had 16 points in the quarter for Phoenix. To open the game, Durant had two steals on two Phoenix possessions, one leading to a Westbrook slam and the other leading to KD creating for himself and hitting a three. The Suns got back into the game thanks to Dragic scoring at one point, 13 of the Suns 15 points.

In the second, the Thunder bench went cold. Scott Brooks had Jackson, Liggins, Martin, Collison, and Thabeet out there for a good five minutes and the Thunder couldn’t put the ball in the basket. The Suns took advantage and tied the game at 35. Heading into the locker room, the Thunder led the Suns 55-50 thanks to a 9-2 run by Oklahoma City to end the half. This might have been the worst quarter the Thunder has played all year. But, that would change.

Sefolosha’s threes to open the half gave the Thunder a 12 point lead, 67-55 in the early going. In this quarter Oklahoma City started to run away with the game, as Westbrook’s fast break jam gave the Thunder a 17-point lead. Serge Ibaka’s three made it a 22-point game as the Thunder scored 17 unanswered. At the end of three, the Thunder led the Suns 91-70.

In the fourth, the Thunder carried that momentum to end the game. The bench players played the whole quarter, as the bench was cleared.

The Thunder defeated the Phoenix Suns, 127-96 tonight. Durant had 21 points, Sefolosha had 18, and Westbrook and Perkins both had 17 each. The Thunder will play the Suns again Sunday in Phoenix.

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