By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City completed an impressive (and undefeated) three-game road trip in Phoenix on Monday night, taking down the Suns 102-90. Here’s some rapid reaction:
The pesky Suns stayed in this one for most of the night, but you got the feeling OKC was always one quick run from putting it away. That came midway through the fourth quarter, when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook took over. And it came in highlight fashion. With the Thunder lead cut to five, Westbrook bagged a pair of free throws before hitting a long three. Moments later, Durant went on a personal 10-2 run, jumping an eight-point contest into a 16-point fourth quarter runaway.
It was over when…
…Durant ended that 10-2 flurry with this ridiculous slam on Suns center Marcin Gortat.
Star of the game – Kevin Durant
During this undefeated three-game road trip, Durant averaged 37.6 points per game on 56 percent shooting. He started it off in LA with that ridiculous 42-point domination of the Lakers and closed it out Monday night with a 41-point outburst, including a 19-point fourth quarter filled with long range Js and violent finishes, both serving as definitive daggers in the Suns psyche. Favorite for league MVP as the season nears its halfway point.
Stats of note
-Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 77 points and only two turnovers.
-The Thunder is now 9-1 when Westbrook shoots 50 percent or better. He went 14-24 Monday night
-Durant and Westbrook combined for 47 of OKC’s 51 second half points.
Line of the night
Vintage Kendrick Perkins: 0/4 shooting, 0 points, 1 assist and 13 rebounds.
It was overshadowed by KD’s ridiculousness, but what a line for Russell Westbrook tonight: 14/24 shooting, 36 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and only 1 turnover. And it included this euro step gem.
Back to OKC for a game on Wednesday (against Denver), before the Thunder head out for an extended six-game West coast road trip that extends to the end of January.