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Phoenix Suns Lifeless as Oklahoma City Thunder Have Their Way in Victory

February 10th, 2013 at 9:28 PM
By Jeffrey Sanders

The Phoenix Suns looked like they had more interest being at a Sunday opera then they had on the court Sunday night against the defending Western Conference Champions. The Thunder defeated the Suns 97-69 in a game that was not even that close. This game came on the end of a back to back between the teams which saw the Thunder beat the Suns 127-96 on Friday night. For those keeping score at home, the Thunder have beat the Suns by a combined 59 points in the last two games.

The starting five for the Suns scored a combined 26 points as Jared Dudley went scoreless and no one scored in double digits. The only Suns player to score in double digits was Markieff Morris who led the team with 12 points tonight. Dudley was benched for Kendall Marshall to begin the second half and he remained on the bench for the entire half. Marshall, once again saw extended minutes scoring seven points with three assists and three turnovers.

The Suns were trailing throughout the entire game, but were down 32-27 midway through the second quarter. The Thunder ended the half on a 19-7 run that was capped by a Russell Westbrook three pointer as time expired in the first half. The Suns only scored 14 points in the third quarter and went six plus minutes between baskets in the third and fourth quarters.

The Thunder were led by five three pointers by Thabo Sefolosha, which was a career high for him. Westbrook led the team in scoring with 24 points as Kevin Durant added a modest 18 with seven rebounds. Everyone on the Thunder bench scored except DeAndre Liggins and Kevin Martin who was out with the flu tonight.

The Suns were about to set a franchise low in points before Wesley Johnson scored on a put back in the final seconds to get the Suns to 69 points. The franchise low was when the Suns only scored 68 points back in 1981.

The Suns fall to 17-35 for the year as the head to Los Angeles to face the Lakers before the All-Star break. The Suns next home game will be on February 22nd when the Boston Celtics come to town.

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

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