NEW ORLEANS — Kendrick Perkins nailed a running hook shot.
Derek Fisher drilled an and-1 3-pointer.
Russell Westbrook fired one in from so far away that MidFirst Bank might want to add $20,000 onto his next paycheck.
It was that kind of night for the Thunder in New Orleans, playing its third road game in four days but not looking the part, crushing the Pelicans 109-95 to improve to 14-4 on the season.
“It was a good team win,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Guys really locked in on what we wanted to do, what we talked about in shootaround. The ball movement was outstanding, and the body movement was good.”
But in one of the Thunder's most complete team efforts on the season, it was still about the stars.
For New Orleans, it was about the star it didn't have, with Anthony Davis, one of the league's best young talents, out with a fractured hand.
And for the Thunder, it was about the three stars it did have.
Kevin Durant was his usual self, filling the stat sheet with 29 points on efficient 11-of-17 shooting, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.
Westbrook, who was questionable after missing shootaround with an illness, was a hyperactive sparkplug, keeping the Thunder in it early with a trio of winding layups and putting the Pelicans away late with some long-range bombs.
And Serge Ibaka continued his impressive early season play, compiling 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. It was his ninth double-double in 18 games, a mark he didn't hit last season until early February, in his 45th game.
“That's one of the things we challenged Serge with, just do it consistently every night,” Brooks said. “Now we expect it. He's a guy who you expect double-doubles from.”
The key stretch in this one came on either side of halftime.
With the game tied at 52 with 31 seconds left in the first half, Westbrook and Reggie Jackson nailed a pair of threes, giving OKC a sudden six-point lead heading into the break.
“That was huge,” Durant said. “We practice that (2-for-1) all the time. Russell did a good job getting it out of his hands and then Reggie was sitting there wide open and made a big shot as well.”
Then, in the third quarter — a spot where OKC has struggled mightily lately, particularly in Wednesday's loss at Portland when it was outscored 35-21 — the Thunder held the Pelicans to 16 points and stretched the lead to 12.
“We talked about that when we broke our halftime talk,” Brooks said. “We had to come out with a better third-quarter defensive stand. And we did.”
And now, with a productive 2-1 road trip out of the way, it's on to Sunday and an intriguing home matchup with the 17-2 Indiana Pacers.