Oklahoma City Thunder: Phoenix Suns blow out Thunder

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: February 21, 2009 at 12:54 am •  Published: February 21, 2009
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PHOENIX — On the back of a shuttle at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport was a purple and orange Phoenix Suns advertisement that read, "Catch us if you can.”

The Thunder had no shot Friday, walking out of US Airways Center with an embarrassing 140-118 loss to a resurgent run-and-gun Suns team.

Phoenix reached the 140-point mark for the third straight game, becoming the first team to pull such a feat since the 1990-91 Portland Trail Blazers.

"They look good,” said Thunder guard Earl Watson. "They look really good.”

The Suns beat the Clippers in back-to-back games earlier this week, with a 140-100 home blowout Tuesday and a 142-119 road drubbing Wednesday.

Guard Leandro Barbosa, who finished with a game- and career-high 41 points, gave the Suns 140 with a leaning 21-footer with 20.7 seconds remaining as a sold out crowd of 18,422 celebrated its team’s staggering scoring streak.

The total was more impressive on this night because the Suns played without Amare Stoudemire, who likely will miss the rest of the season with an eye injury. Phoenix’s All-Star forward scored 42 in Wednesday’s win and had 23 points in Tuesday’s.

"They are a team that is high-powered and playing with a lot of confidence right now,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.


Friday’s Game

SUNS 140, THUNDER 118

OKLAHOMA CITY

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 44-96 18-21 19-47 26 27 118
Durant 39:22 12-23 8-9 0-8 5 2 35
Green 36:30 3-9 4-5 7-14 1 5 10
Krstic 28:57 8-13 0-0 2-6 0 3 16
Wstbrk 32:51 6-15 4-4 4-6 8 4 19
Weaver 25:23 1-2 0-0 0-1 5 2 3
Watson 26:48 4-11 2-2 0-2 3 2 12
Collison 24:25 7-11 0-1 5-8 1 4 14
Atkins 16:22 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 4 3
Wilkins 9:22 2-6 0-0 1-1 2 1 6
Percentages: FG .458, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 12-21, .571 (Westbrook 3-4, Durant 3-5, Wilkins 2-2, Watson 2-5, Weaver 1-2, Atkins 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 23 (33 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Collison, Krstic, Watson, Weaver). Turnovers: 23 (Durant 5, Weaver 4, Westbrook 4, Green 3, Krstic 2, Watson 2, Wilkins 2, Collison). Steals: 5 (Durant 2, Green 2, Westbrook). Technical Fouls: None.

PHOENIX

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:01 53-91 22-27 10-40 35 20 140
Rchrdsn 38:55 14-20 2-2 1-5 3 2 34
Hill 17:27 2-6 2-2 1-2 1 0 6
O’Neal 30:36 9-14 4-7 5-9 2 1 22
Nash 35:10 5-9 2-2 0-3 8 2 13
Barbosa 41:42 16-21 4-4 0-7 7 3 41
Barnes 30:11 5-10 2-2 0-6 9 4 14
Amdsn 12:40 1-2 1-2 0-2 1 5 3
Dragic 12:50 0-5 2-2 2-3 2 1 2
Dudley 16:17 1-4 3-4 1-1 2 2 5
Lopez 4:13 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Percentages: FG .582, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 12-22, .545 (Barbosa 5-7, Richardson 4-5, Barnes 2-4, Nash 1-4, Dragic 0-1, Dudley 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 11 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Amundson, Hill, O’Neal, Richardson). Turnovers: 11 (Richardson 4, Amundson 2, Dragic 2, Barbosa, Barnes, Hill). Steals: 14 (Barbosa 6, Barnes 4, Richardson 2, Dragic, Nash). Technical Fouls: None. Flagrant Fouls: O’Neal, 10:13 second.

Oklahoma City 23 34 36 25 118
Phoenix 38 41 24 37 140
A—18,422 (18,422). T—2:16.

Officials—Bob Delaney, Matt Boland, Michael Smith.

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