Oklahoma City Thunder: Phoenix Suns blow out Thunder

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: February 21, 2009 at 12:54 am •  Published: February 21, 2009
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The Thunder’s problem was that it tried foolishly to match fire with only a flicker of a flame.

Kevin Durant led six Thunder players in double figures with 35 points. But Oklahoma City played into the Suns’ game much of the night, settling for one pass and a jump shot instead of relying on good ball movement and attacks on the rim for easier baskets or layups.

The Thunder turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 33 Suns points and helping Phoenix shoot 58.2 percent for the game.

"We can’t afford to have turnovers,” Brooks said. "That’s been our problem all year, and we’re going to continue to focus and concentrate on taking care of the ball.”

The Thunder trailed by as many as 28 with 2:09 left in the first half but cut the deficit to 105-99 with 9:42 left to play, thanks in large part to a third quarter effort that held the Suns to 24 points.


Friday’s Game

SUNS 140, THUNDER 118

OKLAHOMA CITY

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 44-96 18-21 19-47 26 27 118
Durant 39:22 12-23 8-9 0-8 5 2 35
Green 36:30 3-9 4-5 7-14 1 5 10
Krstic 28:57 8-13 0-0 2-6 0 3 16
Wstbrk 32:51 6-15 4-4 4-6 8 4 19
Weaver 25:23 1-2 0-0 0-1 5 2 3
Watson 26:48 4-11 2-2 0-2 3 2 12
Collison 24:25 7-11 0-1 5-8 1 4 14
Atkins 16:22 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 4 3
Wilkins 9:22 2-6 0-0 1-1 2 1 6
Percentages: FG .458, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 12-21, .571 (Westbrook 3-4, Durant 3-5, Wilkins 2-2, Watson 2-5, Weaver 1-2, Atkins 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 23 (33 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Collison, Krstic, Watson, Weaver). Turnovers: 23 (Durant 5, Weaver 4, Westbrook 4, Green 3, Krstic 2, Watson 2, Wilkins 2, Collison). Steals: 5 (Durant 2, Green 2, Westbrook). Technical Fouls: None.

PHOENIX

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:01 53-91 22-27 10-40 35 20 140
Rchrdsn 38:55 14-20 2-2 1-5 3 2 34
Hill 17:27 2-6 2-2 1-2 1 0 6
O’Neal 30:36 9-14 4-7 5-9 2 1 22
Nash 35:10 5-9 2-2 0-3 8 2 13
Barbosa 41:42 16-21 4-4 0-7 7 3 41
Barnes 30:11 5-10 2-2 0-6 9 4 14
Amdsn 12:40 1-2 1-2 0-2 1 5 3
Dragic 12:50 0-5 2-2 2-3 2 1 2
Dudley 16:17 1-4 3-4 1-1 2 2 5
Lopez 4:13 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Percentages: FG .582, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 12-22, .545 (Barbosa 5-7, Richardson 4-5, Barnes 2-4, Nash 1-4, Dragic 0-1, Dudley 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 11 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Amundson, Hill, O’Neal, Richardson). Turnovers: 11 (Richardson 4, Amundson 2, Dragic 2, Barbosa, Barnes, Hill). Steals: 14 (Barbosa 6, Barnes 4, Richardson 2, Dragic, Nash). Technical Fouls: None. Flagrant Fouls: O’Neal, 10:13 second.

Oklahoma City 23 34 36 25 118
Phoenix 38 41 24 37 140
A—18,422 (18,422). T—2:16.

Officials—Bob Delaney, Matt Boland, Michael Smith.

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