Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder wearing out Turner Turnpike

Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton and Perry Jones III have gone from Oklahoma City to Tulsa and back
By John Rohde Published: December 10, 2012
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Russell Westbrook also heated up in the fourth quarter after a frigid first three periods, scoring six points (3 for 5 shooting) and collecting two key steals in the final three minutes.

“Westbrook kept them under control,” Pacers guard George Hill said afterward. “KD had a couple pull-ups and things like that late in the fourth (quarter), but Durant taking tough shots and making them, that's what he does. … He shoots 50 percent of open shots. We never shoot that high variety of them and it's tough when he can make them in so many different ways. You just have to continue doing what you do, and today he made them.”

TIP-INS

The entire Thunder roster attended its annual Target shopping spree at Penn and Memorial on Monday night. … Sunday against Indiana marked the second time this season new arrival Kevin Martin had 22 first-half points. He also scored 22 in the first half at New Orleans on Nov. 16. … This season's 17-4 start is the second-best in OKC history. The team started 18-4 last season. … The Thunder has 12 straight games of 100-plus points. The last time that happened was the 1994-95 season in Seattle when the streak hit 19 games. … OKC is 15-1 this season when it has more (or ties) in fast-break points.

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Indiana forward Paul George on defending Durant: “With a guy like him, you can't necessarily stop him. You just make it tough for him. I felt like in the beginning I was aggressive on him and tried to make him really work. The second half I had the same mentality, but shots liked to fall for him.”

BY JOHN ROHDE



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