Thunder dominates Phoenix 127-96
BY JEFF LATZKE Associated Press
Saturday, February 09, 2013
2/09/13 at 5:38 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha had a season-high 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder rode a gigantic third-quarter run to a 127-96 victory Friday night over the Phoenix Suns.
All five Thunder starters had at least one basket during a 21-0 run that put Oklahoma City in position to complete a perfect homestand with a third straight blowout. Russell Westbrook had a right-handed slam during the run before finishing it off with a banked-in runner to stretch the lead to 81-55 with 3:25 to go in the third quarter.
Phoenix even came out of a timeout with six players on the floor at one point during the stretch, but all that did was result in another point after Durant made the resulting technical foul free throw.
Michael Beasley led the Suns with 25 points and Goran Dragic had 16 of his 19 points in the first quarter.
The game had a completely different feel from the last meeting in Phoenix last month, when Durant and Westbrook combined for 47 of Oklahoma City's 51 points in the second half. This time, everyone chipped in for a dominant second-half performance.
Kendrick Perkins also had a season best with 17 points and nine rebounds, Westbrook scored 17 and Kevin Martin chipped in 16 points. In all three games of the Thunder's homestand, three starters - Durant, Westbrook and Perkins - didn't play a single minute in the fourth quarter as the Northwest Division leaders got back on track after a 4-4 stretch.
Perkins ended up with his highest scoring total since he was traded to the Thunder by the Boston Celtics in February 2011.
Oklahoma City has won nine straight games in the series and can complete a four-game season sweep Sunday night when the Suns get a rematch on their home court.
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