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Rapid reaction: Oklahoma City beats Indiana 104-93 for eighth straight win

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm •  Published: December 9, 2012

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

Oklahoma City beat Indiana 104-93 on Sunday night. The Thunder, now 17-4 on the season, have won eight straight games. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

Through three uncharacteristic quarters, Kevin Durant was 5-18 from the field, struggling to find his shot and allowing Indiana to stay in the game. But the scoring machine finally found his groove early in the fourth quarter, his favorite time, putting the Pacers away with four straight made shots and a quick 10 points.

It was over when…

…Russell Westbrook followed KD’s lead, erasing his early struggles with an impressive statement in the final minutes. It started with an out-of-nowhere block, turning away an oblivious dunk attempt from 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert. And it ended with three straight smooth jumpers, capping off a 10-2 run to end the game with his vintage pull-ups.

Star of the game – Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin has been better than advertised since arriving in OKC (and he came with a well-earned scoring reputation). But as a member of the Thunder, he hasn’t put together a better half than he did Sunday night. Martin was unconscious in the first 24 minutes, coming off the bench to spark an initially lifeless offense. In the first half, Martin shot 6/7 for 22 points, while Westbrook and Durant (combined) struggled through a 5/19 showing for only 18 points. The stars were stars late, but they wouldn’t have been in that position if it weren’t for OKC’s quiet bench assassin.

Scoring streak

That’s 12 consecutive games with 100 or more points for the Thunder offense. Since the franchise moved to OKC, the previous best was a seven-game streak above the century mark. And on Sunday, OKC did it against the NBA’s best scoring defense (Indiana entered giving up 91.2 points per game).

Stat of the game

The Thunder bench outscored Indiana’s 38-20, marking the fourth straight game OKC’s improved second unit has outscored its opposing counterparts.

Twitter check-in

Not sure if Martin will ever replace Harden in the fans heart, but his silky shooting touch has certainly made the heartbreak a lot easier.

GIF of the game

Click the link and enjoy 6-foot-3 Russell Westbrook swatting 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert.

Up next

Game three of this favorable five-game homestand comes Wednesday, after a nice two-day break, when New Orleans comes to Oklahoma City. The Thunder have played the Hornets twice this season, blowing them out both times in New Orleans.

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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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