Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 31 as Thunder blitzes Golden State

Durant adds 10 rebounds and eight assists as Oklahoma City moves a half-game ahead of San Antonio in the race for Western Conference's No. 1 seed.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 12, 2013

Everything was about the team…Offensively, we were moving the ball.”
 
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and seven assists. Warriors forward David Lee finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jarrett Jack scored 19 points with four rebounds and six assists.
 
Golden State lost for just the fifth time in its last 11 games. The result dropped the Warriors to just a half game ahead of Houston for sixth place.
 
The Thunder took complete control of the game by outscored the Warriors 36-23 in third quarter. Durant scored 14 points with three rebounds and four assists while playing all 12 minutes.
 
A 9-2 run to start the third quarter turned the tide, turning a six-point halftime lead into a 13-point Thunder advantage less than three minutes into the period. Three Thunder players scored during the run, which ended with back-to-back 3-pointers by Sefolosha.
 
The Thunder never trailed by single digits the rest of the way and went on to lead by as many as 20.
 
Ibaka provided an early spark with scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking to help the Thunder build a 31-27 lead after the opening period. Ibaka scored 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the period, adding four rebounds and a monster block on a dunk attempt by Bogut. Of course, Ibaka unveiled his finger wag following the rejection.
 
The block, however, was as pivotal as it was pretty. It ignited both Ibaka and an 18-9 run, a stretch in which Ibaka supplied nine of his first-quarter points, four of which came on putbacks off his offensive rebounds. Ibaka’s seven other points came off set-ups by Westbrook, who dished five assists in the opening period. The Thunder finished the quarter with eight assists on its 13 baskets.
 
Oklahoma City took a 60-54 lead into the half after a second quarter filled with plenty more highlights. None were better than the sequence in the final two minutes that saw Westbrook come from behind to emphatically block a layup attempt by Curry before Durant finished a fast break at the other end with a soaring one-handed dunk that left the always-energized Oracle arena crowd in awe. Immediately after the tomahawk dunk, Durant motioned at his throat and clasped his hands together, a never-before-seen celebration from the scoring champ. Durant and Westbrook scored seven points apiece in the period, while Martin added eight.
 
“They got after it,” said Golden State coach Mark Jackson. “They did not want to see how the feeling out process was going to be. They hit hard and they hit early. We didn’t match it.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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