So there is indeed a drawback to the Thunder's recent string of blowout victories.
Four straight sizable wins have denied Kevin Durant opportunities to dump in more points and remain on pace to lead the league in scoring for the fourth straight season.
After scoring only 18 points Sunday at Phoenix, which tied his second lowest scoring output this season, Durant dropped to second in the scoring race behind New York forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony is now averaging 29 points, or 0.1 more than Durant.
The past four games for both players has been the difference. Anthony has averaged 34 points in the Knicks' past four games. Durant has averaged just 20.8 in the past four for the Thunder, which won those contests by an average of 25.3 points. With none of Oklahoma City's last four victories coming by fewer than 21 points, Durant didn't need to play a single second in the fourth quarter.
Unless Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (27.4-point average) strings together another scoring tear — and benefits from the top two scorers suffering a severe drop-off — this year's scoring title is bound to become a two-man race between Durant and Anthony.
Anthony has never finished a season as the league's scoring leader. Durant, meanwhile, can join Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to win four straight scoring crowns.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Russell Westbrook has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Feb. 4 through Feb. 10.
Westbrook helped the Thunder to a 4-0 record during the week and averaged 21.8 points, three rebounds, six assists and 3.3 steals.
The Thunder defeated Dallas, Golden State and Phoenix twice in the week.
Westbrook recently garnered national attention for the wrong reasons during a Jan. 31 game against Memphis, when an on-court miscommunication with teammate Thabo Sefolosha led to Westbrook being taken out of the game and storming into the tunnel to blow off steam. The outburst overshadowed how well Westbrook played in that game, as well as last week.
This is the first time this season that Westbrook has earned Player of the Week honors. He received the award twice last year.
Miami forward LeBron James won Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.
Westbrook is averaging 22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists this season. James, Chris Paul and Gary Payton are the only other players since 1992 to average at least 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
KEVIN MARTIN LISTED AS DAY-TO-DAY
The Thunder did not practice Monday in Utah, and there was no real update on the status of shooting guard Kevin Martin, who missed Sunday's game at Phoenix with flu-like symptoms.
Martin accompanied the team on this two-game road trip but was not present in the arena during the Suns game. He instead remained at the team hotel.
The team is listing Martin as day-to-day.
THUNDER COMPLETES RARE FEAT
According to The Elias Sports Bureau, the Thunder became just the fourth team in NBA history to beat the same team in consecutive games by 28 points or more.
Oklahoma City defeated Phoenix by 31 points inside Chesapeake Energy Arena last Friday night before turning around and beating the Suns by 28 at their place.
It was the first time a team has done that since the Seattle SuperSonics did it to Sacramento in 1990. Phoenix also did it to Golden State in 1971, and the St. Louis Hawks did it against the Baltimore Bullets in 1965.
By Darnell Mayberry