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OKC Thunder: Thunder overwhelms New Orleans

Oklahoma City enjoyed one of its most complete team efforts of the season.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 6, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka battles for a rebound with New Orleans Pelicans power forward Lou Amundson (17) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.  The Thunder won 109-95. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka battles for a rebound with New Orleans Pelicans power forward Lou Amundson (17) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. The Thunder won 109-95. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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