When Kevin Durant takes over a game, it’s quite a show.
This time, it was at the expense of Marcin Gortat and the rest of the Suns.
Durant scored 27 of his 41 points in the 2nd half – 19 in the 4th quarter- and the Oklahoma City Thunder became the NBA’s first 30-game winner this season by beating the Suns 102-90.
Russell Westbrook added 36 for the Thunder, although it was Durant who took control of late in his fourth 40-point game, falling one shy of the season-high 42 he scored 2 games earlier against the L.A. Lakers.
Durant sank a selection of pull-up jumpers, added 2 of casual 3-pointers, made a few layups, and then punctuated his night with a spectacular dunk over Gortat for a 3-point play.
”I am just having a lot of fun out there,” he announced. ”I got away with a carry on that (last) play, but I was able to free myself up. I saw the lane. Everybody knows he does a good job of contesting in the lane. I just tried to finish with some strength.”
Durant and Westbrook accounted for 47 of Oklahoma City’s 51 second-half points.
”We basically lost to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant,” Gortat claimed. ”These 2 guys were just outstanding. They played great. The pick-and-roll between these 2 guys is just ridiculous.” Football spreads
Durant said the 2-player dominance in the 2nd half ”was just the natural flow of the game – how they were playing us.”
Oklahoma City won its 4th straight, the last 3 on the road to improve their NBA-best record to 30-8. Durant scored 33 Sunday night in an 87-83 win at Portland.
Shannon Brown scored 21 for the Phoenix Suns. Gortat had 19 points and 15 rebounds, but was the unlucky would-be defender on Durant’s spectacular dunk late in the game.
Kevin Martin was the only other Thunder player in double figures with 12 points.
The Thunder were without Serge Ibaka for the 2nd game in a row with a chest contusion. Phoenix failed to have Jared Dudley (right wrist strain) or Jermaine O’Neal (back spasms).
Down 68-54 after Westbrook’s layup, the Suns finished the 3rd quarter with a 14-4 run, cutting it to 72-68 on Michael Beasley’s 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left in the period. Oklahoma City did not get a field goal in the final 5:23 of the quarter, its only points coming on Durant’s 4 field goals. Football spreads
But the Phoenix Suns never got any closer.
Durant opened the 4th quarter with a fastbreak layup, sank a 19-footer, and then followed with a 3-pointer and the Thunder led 79-72. Westbrook’s 3-pointer put Oklahoma City up 87-77 with 4:49 to play, and then Durant put on a final show.
He sank a 3-pointer, followed with a 19-footer, then scored on a layup. The spectacular finish came on Oklahoma City’s next possession when he drove the lane and swooped over Gortat for the dunk. Gortat fouled him on the play and Durant made the free throw to put the Thunder up 97-81 with 2:23 to play.