The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 4, 2012

Thunder holds off Nets


Associated Press

NEW YORK —  —  Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Brooklyn Nets 117-111 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Thabo Sefolosha 14 for the Thunder, who revved up the NBA’s No. 1 offense to surpass 100 points in a 10th straight game for the first time in 15 years. They beat the Nets for the seventh consecutive time, but had to work much harder for this win than they have lately.

Oklahoma City, which had won its last four by 25 points a game, leads the NBA in victory margin, beating teams by 9.8 points per game. But their 16-point lead was sliced to two down the stretch, even as they shot 60.6 percent for the game.

Deron Williams scored a season-high 34 points for the Nets, who had their six-game home winning streak snapped. They played without starting center Brook Lopez (sprained right foot) and reserve forward Reggie Evans (flu), leaving them without their leading scorer and top rebounder.

They still almost pulled it out after the Thunder threatened to run them off the floor in the first half, but lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak.

The Thunder hit 21 of their first 30 shots in an offensive clinic by the team that came in averaging an NBA-best 105.1 points per game, feeling so confident that Durant even tried a dunk that left the Barclays Center crowd gasping.  

Andray Blatche had 19 points and 11 rebounds in Lopez’s place.



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THUNDER 117, NETS 111

OKLAHOMA CITY (117) — Durant 9-16 12-12 32, Ibaka 8-12 2-2 18, Perkins 2-2 3-4 7,  Westbrook 9-17 6-8 25, Sefolosha 6-8 0-0 14, Martin 2-4 2-2 7,  Collison 2-3 1-2 5, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Maynor 2-4 4-4 9. Totals 40-66 30-34 117.

BROOKLYN (111) — Wallace 4-11 2-2 14, Humphries 5-9 2-4 12, Blatche 7-15 5-5 19,  Williams 10-20 8-10 33, Johnson 8-21 0-0 17, Bogans 0-1 0-0 0,  Teletovic 3-6 0-0 8, Stackhouse 2-6 2-2 8, Watson 0-1 0-0 0,  Brooks 0-1 0-0 0, Childress 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-91 19-23 111.



Oklahoma City    31    30    29    27    —    117

Brooklyn    28    20    38    25    —    111



3-Point Goals—Oklahoma City 7-14 (Durant 2-2, Sefolosha 2-3, Martin  1-2, Maynor 1-2, Westbrook 1-5), Brooklyn 14-34 (Williams 5-9, Wallace  4-7, Teletovic 2-5, Stackhouse 2-6, Johnson 1-7). Fouled Out—None.  Rebounds—Oklahoma City 39 (Perkins 7), Brooklyn 47 (Humphries 12).  Assists—Oklahoma City 22 (Westbrook 9), Brooklyn 22 (Williams 7). Total  Fouls—Oklahoma City 19, Brooklyn 25. Technicals—Perkins, Oklahoma City  defensive three second, Brooklyn defensive three second. A—17,732  (17,732).