Feb 8, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Shannon Brown (26) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (38-12) vs. Phoenix Suns (17-34) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Phoenix Suns for the second straight time tonight at Phoenix at 8 p.m. EST.

The Thunder played the Suns in their last game back at home on Friday night and beat them 127-96.

Kevin Durant had 21 points in the game and Russell Westbrook had 17. The big surprise was Kendrick Perkins scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds and Thabo Seoflosha going for 18 points.

The Thunder bench was fantastic in the win too. They accounted for 45 points with Kevin Martin leading the way with 16. Martin made three three-pointers for the fifth straight game Friday night.

The only one who really had anything going for the Suns was Michael Beasley who scored 25 points off the bench.

The Thunder outscored the Suns 72-46 in the second half.

The Thunder will look to sweep their season series with the Suns tonight having beaten them in each of the first three meetings.

The Thunder are a tough matchup for everyone but in particular the Suns who are just overwhelmed so much by the athletes on OKC to muster much of a challenge.

It’s more a question of which Thunder player will go off tonight that whether the Thunder will win or not.

With this one on the road, expect it to be Durant or Westbrook. The rest of the team really drops off away from home while those two are studs no matter where they lace them up.

It’s an interesting dynamic playing a team twice in a row. Usually, you could see the script reversing in the second meeting but the Thunder won so easily on Friday night, you still have to think they win this one too.

The Thunder finished their three-game home stand Friday night scoring 119.3 points per game and allowing just 95.0 points per game.

The Thunder are just a half game back of the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league headed into tonight. San Antonio will also play tonight as they travel to play the Brooklyn Nets also at 8 p.m. EST.

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