A five-second, end-to-end streak by Russell Westbrook just before the first-half buzzer highlighted the Thunder's humiliation of New Jersey on Wednesday night.
After Nets guard Devin Harris scored a layup with 6.8 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Westbrook took an inbounds pass and blew by four New Jersey defenders before throwing down an emphatic one-handed dunk with 1.8 seconds reading on the game clock.
The play changed the game, capping a second quarter in which the Thunder outscored the Nets by 11 before cruising to a 114-93 victory at Oklahoma City Arena.
â€œHe was so quick,â€ said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. â€œIt looked like it was two or three dribbles, and he was down court. That breaks a team's back, especially at the end of a half.â€
The Nets never threatened from there. The Thunder went on to lead by as many as 25 points in the second half and never saw its lead slip beneath 10 points after a Nenad Krstic layup with 10:54 remaining in the third quarter.
It was the Thunder's second blowout victory by at least 20 points and the eighth time the Thunder has won by at least 10 points. Five of the Thunder's eight victories by 10 points or more have come since Dec. 12.
Wednesday night's blowout inside Oklahoma City Arena was a product of one of the best offensive displays the Thunder has assembled all season. The Thunder dished out a season-high 31 assists, topping the 29 it registered against Minnesota on Nov. 22. And OKC shot 54.9 percent, which trails only a 57.7 percent shooting night in a 12-point win against Houston on Dec. 15.
The Thunder benefited from the Nets' 23 turnovers, which set an opponent season high and led to 23 Oklahoma City points.
â€œOur hands were pretty active tonight,â€ said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. â€œOur defense was pretty solid, and we were causing turnovers.â€
Jeff Green, with 4 minutes, 55 seconds, was the only Thunder starter to log any time in the fourth quarter. The Thunder entered the final period with an 88-70 lead and had the rare luxury of watching its reserves close out the victory.
With the win, Oklahoma City moved to 22-11 and is now 10-1 after a loss. The last time the Thunder lost two straight games came in games three and four against Utah and at the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3.
â€œI like that,â€ Brooks said with a chuckle. â€œIf we do lose a game, we come back with some toughness. Our guys have a lot of pride.â€
Durant scored a game-high 27 points to lead five Thunder players in double-digit scoring. Westbrook added 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
â€œWe played a good game from start to finish,â€ said Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha.