Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 24 as Thunder drops Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and fueled a key third-quarter spurt that helped the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 103-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
By John Rohde Published: March 24, 2013

In a 10-2 run that took less than two minutes, Westbrook had five points, a rebound, a steal, a dunk a layup and a free throw to blow the game open, and it all started with Brooks' technical.

“Russell really changed the game during that stretch, defensively and offensively, at the end for the third quarter,” Brook said. “He definitely changed the game those two or three minutes. The game was still anybody's game.”

In the fourth quarter, the four-guard lineup of Durant, Westbrook, Martin and Reggie Jackson, plus forward Serge Ibaka, went on a 13-0 run in a four-minute span.

Jackson finished with six points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 15 minutes of play.

“I think he's improving,” Brooks said of Jackson. “There's no question that he still has a lot of things that he will continue to get better at. He's in a good position. He's on a good team. He's going to get better, but he's not going to get a lot of time right now.”

Durant (28.4 scoring average) finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season. Westbrook (23.3 ppg) had 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds. Martin (14.3 ppg) had 11 points and was 2 for 2 on 3-pointers.

The difference-makers were Jackson and Ibaka, who scored all 16 of his points (7 for 9 from the field) in the second half, and Nick Collison, who had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Thunder is now 23-2 when five players score in double-digits.

Asked if having five players in double-figures each game was a reasonable expectation, Brooks said: “To score (five players in) double-figures night in and night out, I don't know if that's realistic with our group … Occasionally, yes.”

OKC shot 52.4 percent for the game and upped its record to 24-1 when shooting 50-plus percent from the field.

The Thunder also is 16-1 when its opponent shoots less than 40 percent, which the Blazers nearly did finishing at 40.5 percent.