Thunder 127, Suns 96: Okla. City shares wealth in rout of Phoenix

2013-02-09T00:00:00Z Thunder 127, Suns 96: Okla. City shares wealth in rout of PhoenixThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Phoenix Suns had already seen a two-man scoring show starring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The rematch was a showcase for the Oklahoma City Thunder's ensemble cast.

Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins both had their biggest-scoring outbursts of the season and the Thunder rode a gigantic third-quarter run to a 127-96 victory over the Suns on Friday night.

All five Thunder starters scored during a 21-0 run that put Oklahoma City in position to complete a perfect homestand with a third straight blowout. The margin of victory in the three games was a combined 73 points and coach Scott Brooks didn't even play three starters - Durant, Westbrook and Perkins - a single minute in the fourth quarter during the homestand.

"I think we've done a great job of taking care of business. Scotty emphasizes and tells us that we need to play a better fourth quarter, but we haven't played one yet," Westbrook said. "So maybe he'll change his mind on that one."

The game had a completely different feel from the last meeting in Phoenix last month, when Durant and Westbrook combined for 47 of Oklahoma City's 51 points in the second half. This time, everyone chipped in for a dominant second-half performance.

Westbrook had a right-handed slam during the run before finishing it off with a banked-in runner to stretch the lead to 81-55 with 3:25 to go in the third quarter. Serge Ibaka and Sefolosha each hit three-pointers, Perkins had a jumper and a dunk, and Durant's only contributions were three free throws.

Phoenix even came out of a timeout with six players on the floor at one point during the stretch, but all that did was result in another point after Durant made the resulting technical foul.

"It's a matter of pick your poison with them. They have a lot of guys that aren't in the headlines but they do a lot for their team," interim Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. "Sefolosha is one of them. He's a guy that doesn't get the press but he knocks down shots, defends really well and they've got a bunch of guys that are co-stars that do a great job."

Michael Beasley led the Suns with 25 points and Goran Dragic had 16 of his 19 points in the first quarter.

Sefolosha scored 18 points and Perkins had 17 for his highest total since being traded to Oklahoma City.

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