Feb. 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) steals the ball from Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) in the first quarter at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

OKC vs. PHX: Thunder Cloud Out Suns, Win 97-69

The Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, obliterating them 97-69 on the heels of blowing out the Suns 127-96 on Friday, at Chesapeake Arena.

Thabo Sefalosha led the furious assault that rained down on the Suns, completely dousing their light and making them look hapless instead. He made a career-high 5 of 7 three-pointers and finished with 20 points. Russell Westbrook blisteringly scored 24 points in 28 minutes, while Kevin Durant helped out with 18 of his own.

The Phoenix Suns for the second time in three days, have been absolutely thunder struck: not only did they get blown out in consecutive games, but they have not won against OKC in 10 games, the longest active streak against Phoenix.

For the lowly Suns, only one player–Markieff Morris–scored in double digits, with 12. The effort was all the more embarrassing because of the fact that a tip-in with under eight seconds to go by Wesley Johnson was required to prevent Phoenix from setting a franchise scoring low that has stood for more than 30 years, a 68-point effort at Kansas City on March 8, 1981.

Durant was unusually cold in the first half, hitting just 1 of 5 in the first quarter. Despite this, Oklahoma City led 27-16. The Thunder then scored the last eight in the quarter, including a pair of tres by Sefolosha. Sefolosha made another one to start the second quarter, to extend OKC’s run to 11-0 and put the team up 30-16

To Phoenix’s credit, they crawled back into during the second quarter to cut it 35-32, but the Thunder scored the next nine points and with them squashed any hopes that the Suns may have had of making this a game.

After the half, Sefolosha ushered back action by scoring, followed by Durant slamming down a With the score at 55-34, the rout was on and the Thunder never looked back.

With the win, Oklahoma City have now won four straight and advance to 16-9 on the road, winning by 21, 21, 32 and 38 points in those matches.

Overall, the team boasts a 39-12 record, and will challenge the Utah Jazz next, on Tues. Feb. 12.

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