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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 41 as Thunder picks up 30th win

Oklahoma City became the NBA's first 30-game winner this season, beating Phoenix 102-90
By JOHN ROHDE Published: January 14, 2013

/articleid/3746095/1/pictures/1927689">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35), Kevin Martin (23), Russell Westbrook (0) and Kendrick Perkins high-five during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Thunder won 102-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) ORG XMIT: PNU112
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35), Kevin Martin (23), Russell Westbrook (0) and Kendrick Perkins high-five during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Thunder won 102-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) ORG XMIT: PNU112

Fans and media in Phoenix shook their heads after hearing duo's totals, but it was met with little more than slight nods of acknowledgment inside the OKC locker room.

Durant and Westbrook have been there, done that — and have done it frequently.

“It was one of those nights,” said guard Thabo Sefolosha, who returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Sunday night's victory at Portland with a strained neck. “They really had it going and played well and, one after the other, just took over.”

When the Dime article was mentioned to Durant, he smiled the same as Westbrook.

“It's a little early for that, man,” Durant said. “I've just got to keep working. Stuff like that, it's cool to hear your name in those conversations and in those articles, but you can't dwell too much on it. … I'm going to continue to be the person I am, continue to have fun with the game and when we're done with the game, we'll see what happens.”

Thunder sixth man Kevin Martin added 12 points, all coming in the first half. The only players to score after intermission for OKC were forward Nick Collison and center Hasheem Thabeet with two each.

Collison replaced Serge Ibaka (chest contusion) for the second straight game. Ibaka's status remains day-to-day.

It was the Thunder's eighth straight victory over the Suns (13-27) and its fifth straight at US Airways Center.

OKC (30-8) finished its three-game road trip unbeaten, owns the NBA's best record and became the first team to reach 30 wins.

The Thunder plays Denver at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday and then embarks on its longest road trip of the season with six games in 10 days.


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