The Oklahoma City Thunder bested the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, beating them 116-94 in Charlotte.
Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists in Oklahoma City’s fourth straight win, leading the team in scoring. Five other Thunder players scored in double digits: Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefalosha each had 13, Serge Ibaka had 12, and Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin dropped 11 apiece.
For Charlotte, Gerald Henderson put up 21 points in the loss. He sunk his first five shots in a row for 11 points, giving the Bobcats a slight lead at the end of the first period.
The Bobcats were very competitive at the beginning of the game, leading by one point going into the second quarter. Oklahoma City countered by blowing the game wide open, when they went on a 19-0 run at the start of the second quarter–while the Bobcats missed 10 straight shots–which effectively kept Charlotte out of contention for the rest of the game. It took them nearly six minutes to light up the scoreboard in their favor in the second quarter, but by then, the damage was done.
Holding a double-digit lead the rest of the game, the Thunder carried a 64-50 lead into the locker room after shooting 62.2 percent from the field in the first half.
Charlotte got blown out by 45 points at Oklahoma City in their meeting on Nov. 26, and Henderson’s effort showed that they had no intention of repeating this performance. Though they did not lose by nearly as many this time around, the Thunder still proved to be too much to handle.
After three quarters, OKC led 90-66, and Scott Brooks pulled all the starters for the rest of the game.
The Thunder had beaten the Clippers, Lakers, and Knicks before having a significantly easier match-up against Charlotte Friday night.
With the win, the Thunder advance to 46-16 and will have a challenge on Sunday when they take on the Boston Celtics at home.