Already out of hand, the game only grew ugly when Oklahoma City held Phoenix scoreless for eight straight minutes during a stretch from the end of the third period until the 7:50 mark of the fourth.
“I thought the guys did a great job,” Brooks said. “Anytime you can hold an NBA team three straight quarters under 20 (points) and almost the fourth quarter under 20, there's a lot of good defensive energy and toughness.”
Westbrook finished with a game-high 24 points with six assists in just 28 minutes. Durant added 18 points in only 29 minutes. For the fourth straight game, Durant Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins all were able to take the entire fourth quarter off.
Thabo Sefolosha, meanwhile, scored a season-high 20 points to help account for the absence of Kevin Martin, who missed the game with flu-like symptoms, and Serge Ibaka added 12 points and six rebounds.
Two nights after scoring a season-high 127 points against the Suns, the Thunder turned to defense to secure Sunday's win. OKC held Phoenix to 32.6 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers, which led to 25 points.
Most incredibly, only one Suns player scored in double figures. Reserve forward Markieff Morris had 12 points but didn't get to double digits until the final six minutes of the game.
“I'll take the defensive game we had tonight,” Brooks said.
The coach paused.
“But I don't mind the offensive game we had the other night.”