Thunder Finish Strong to Set the Suns in Phoenix
Led by former Thunder guard Earl Watson, now the interim coach, the Phoenix Suns looked late in the third quarter like they might upset Oklahoma City, but the Thunder went on a 20-4 run to blow the game open, then finished the game with a 14-4 run to beat the Suns 122-106 on Monday night, February 9, at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points, hitting five three-pointers.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Three other Thunder players had double figures in scoring, with Dion Waiters putting in 15, and Enes Kanter and Cameron Payne 11 apiece.
The Thunder got hot from three-point range, making 15 of 33 beyond the arc.
The Suns outshot OKC 51 percent to 49 percent, but made just 1 of 11 from three-point land.
The game was tied 57-57 at halftime, and the Suns built a six point lead late in the third quarter, before OKC’s decisive run built a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
After Phoenix cut the margin to six at 108-102, the Thunder responded by scoring 14 of the final 18 points to win it.
OKC improved to 39-14 on the season, and will play their final game before the All-Star break on Thursday night, February 11, at home against New Orleans at 7:00 pm at Chesapeake Arena.