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Thunder rolls past Nets, 114-93

Russell Westbrook dunk gets OKC rolling.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 30, 2010 at 10:53 am •  Published: December 29, 2010

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.

“He was so quick,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. “It 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.”

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.

Wednesday's box score

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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