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Rapid reaction: Thunder smash Hornets 119-74 for season sweep

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Oklahoma City thrashed the Hornets again on Wednesday, winning 119-74. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

Just hours before tip, it was announced that Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, two of the Hornets most dynamic players, would miss the game with lingering injuries.

It was over when…

…The Thunder, like they normally do in The Peake, quickly and easily took care of a scuffling opponent. OKC’s nine-point first quarter lead ballooned to 17 points by halftime and 36 by the end of the third quarter. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sat the entire fourth quarter for the 12th time this season. And the bench players mopped up a fourth consecutive dominant win over the Hornets this season. The victories have come by an average of 21.5 points.

Star of the game – Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 27 effortless minutes, recorded his second triple-double in the past four games. That’s a bit crazy, considering KD had only one triple-double in the first 432 games of his career and didn’t record one in his first five seasons. Shows you the continued development of his versatile game.

Video

The prettiest of Durant’s 10 assists:

Stats of note

-Russell Westbrook finished the month of February 98-of-195 from the field. That’s 50.2 percent, the highest FG% month of his career.
-Since the All-Star Break, OKC is shooting a ridiculous 93.2 percent from the free throw line (97/104 as a team).
-The Thunder is now 19-1 at home against Western Conference teams.
-Reggie Jackson had a career-high 14 points.

Debuts

Derek Fisher shot 0-of-4 (all threes) in 21 minutes, but did add two assists and a steal. Ronnie Brewer had five points, four rebounds, an assist and two steals in 12 minutes (all garbage time).

Twitter check-in

Though this was funny

Up next

The Thunder have an interesting two-game road trip coming up, going to Denver on Friday night before a Sunday matchup with the Clippers. Both are playoff teams. Both will be intriguing tests.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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