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Phoenix Suns’ Road Woes Continue with Loss to Oklahoma City Thunder

December 31st, 2012 at 8:40 PM
By Jeffrey Sanders

The Oklahoma City Thunder extended the Suns road losing streak to 9 games as they defeated the Suns 114 to 96 on Monday night. The Thunder were led by Kevin Durant who scored 29 points on 11 of 24 shooting. Russell Westbrook had a solid all around game with 24 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

The game was much closer than the score may suggest through the first three quarters. The Suns and Thunder went back and forth in the first half. The Suns had a chance to actually lead at halftime against the team with the best home record in the NBA after a Sebastian Telfair three point field goal. Kevin Durant got fouled in the final second and hit two free throws to give the Thunder a 54-53 lead at the half.

The Thunder started to take control at the beginning of the second half. The Thunder scored on their first three possessions and scored the first 12 points of the half to extend their lead to 13 before P.J. Tucker finally ended the Thunder's unanswered scoring streak with a jump shot. The Thunder maintained their double digit lead for most of the third quarter until the Suns ended the quarter on a 10-2 run to trail by six at the end of the quarter.They were led by Luis Scola who scored seven of those final ten points.

The Suns used that momentum to cut even further into the Thunder's lead to begin the fourth quarter. Markieff Morris scored the first five points for the Suns and it was 85-83, but the Suns could not get any farther after that. Durant scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Thunder closed out the game on a 29-13 run.

Scola led the Suns in scoring for the second straight game with 24 points. Marcin Gortat had his 10th double double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Goran Dragic had a nice game with 16 points and eight assists. Jermaine O'neal led the Suns bench with 12 points and five rebounds. Michael Beasley was benched and did not play on Monday night.

The Phoenix Suns fell to 2-14 on the road this season with the loss and have loss nine straight games. They have not won a game on the road since a 13 point victory over a wounded Cleveland Cavaliers team on November 27th. They drop to 11-21 on the year and will finish the 2012 calender year with the second worst record in the western conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder improved to 24-6 and 16-2 at home. 

The Phoenix Suns will start a 3 game home stand on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tags: Basketball, Kevin Durant, NBA, Phoenix, Phoenix Suns, Russell Westbrook, Thunder

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