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Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant lead Thunder past Cavaliers

by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 13, 2011
By the time Cavs guard Manny Harris air-balled a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, the crowd responded with a smattering of boos that served as a concrete reminder of how far removed the Cavs are from their recent glory days.

Nothing spoke to the trajectory of the two franchises like the disposition of the opposing coaches. At one end of the hall, Cavs coach Byron Scott was again questioning his team’s heart. On the other end, Thunder coach Scott Brooks almost struggled to find something to say after such a sound victory.

The Thunder led by as many as 28 against an shorthanded Cavs squad playing without point guard Baron Davis (death in his family) and injured forwards Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao. OKC never trailed after taking a 7-5 lead with 9:39 remaining in the opening period.

And for the second time this season, the Thunder held Cleveland to 33.8 percent shooting, which stands as the opponent season low.

Four Thunder players scored in double digits, led by Russell Westbrook’s game-high 20 points. Kevin Durant had 19 points, James Harden scored 16 off the bench and Nazr Mohammed added 11 points. Ibaka chipped in eight points and a team-high 14 rebounds to go with his seven swats.

“Anytime you can win on the road it’s a good win,” Brooks said.