Westbrook's career-high in a half is 27, which set in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season on Dec. 7 at The Peake.
Westbrook finished with 32 points in 28 minutes of play and became just the third player in OKC/Seattle history in the last 25 years to finish with 30-plus points in 28 minutes or less — joining Sedale Threatt and Xavier McDaniel.
PERK AT THE POINT
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins finished with two points and shot 1 for 6 from the field.
That one shot drew a loud ovation after Perkins started at the top of the key, dribbled to the right side of the lane, spun left for three dribbles, pump faked and drained a fadeaway 8-foot turnaround jumper from the baseline over defender Kosta Koufos with 8:03 left in the third quarter.
Perkins also thought he was fouled on the play.
Asked if we could soon expect more of his point-guard moves, Perkins answered: “Nah, nah. Once every 30 games.”
Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison suffered a right ankle sprain in the first half and did not return. His status is day-to-day. … Durant now has seven technical fouls this season, third most in the league, one more than the mercurial Westbrook and two more than the surly Perkins. … In attendance was Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, winner of the 2012 Warren Spahn Award, which he will receive Thursday night in OKC. … The Thunder and Denver lead the NBA with 27 100-point games. … OKC entered the fourth quarter with just eight turnovers, then the reserves had six turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Denver coach George Karl on the Thunder's quick start: “(OKC) seemed to be the hungrier team from the very beginning. Their studs got into the game at a high level very early and scored a lot of points.”
BY JOHN ROHDE