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Kevin Durant Torches Phoenix Suns in Oklahoma City Thunder Victory

January 14th, 2013 at 9:41 PM
By Jeffrey Sanders

Kevin Durant showed why he one of the premier players in the NBA in front of a star-studded crowd on Monday Night.

Durant scored 41 points for his 4th 40 plus point game of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 102-90 at the US Airways Center on Monday Night with a crowd that featured Floyd Mayweather, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry Colangelo.

Durant made the 4th quarter his personal showcase by scoring 19 of his 41 points in the quarter highlighted by a monster dunk over Marcin Gortat that is sure to make the Top 10 on ESPN. Durant also closed out the 3rd quarter by scoring the last 11 points of the third quarter for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook also scored 36 points to go along with Durant's 41 for the Thunder.

The Suns led for the majority of the first half as they got out to another quick start. The Suns led 30-23 midway through the 2nd quarter before the Thunder went on a 22-4 run and controlled the game the rest of the way. The Suns had five players score in double figures led by 21 points from Shannon Brown who led the Suns on the offensive end. Marcin Gortat had a double double with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

The Suns bench outscored the Thunder bench 30 to 19 led by Sebastian Telfair and Michael Beasley. Telfair hit 4 of his 6 three point attempts for 14 points. Beasley had 14 points and 11 rebounds, but took 14 shots. He also missed 3 free throws and had 4 turnovers in another up and down performance for the big offseason acquisition for the Suns as he struggles to find consistency.

The Suns played a good defensive game until Kevin Durant took over in the 4th quarter. Besides Westbrook's 36 points the Suns held the rest of the Thunder to only 25 points. Westbrook scored his 36 points on 24 shots with eight rebounds and five assists.  Big man Kendrick Perkins had 13 rebounds but did not register a point.

The Suns were without Jared Dudley and Jermaine Oneal who were both out with injuries. Serge Ibaka was out for the Thunder with an injury. 

The Suns drop to 13-27 on the season. They have lost 13 of their last 15 games and are currently sitting in the cellar of the Western Conference. The Thunder improved to 30-8 to reclaim the top spot in the Western Conference.

The Suns next game is at home on Thursday Night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks have not beaten the Suns in Phoenix in their last 24 tries.

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

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