It started off decently enough for the Nets. They even had a 10-9 lead at the 7:41 mark of the 1st quarter. Even though this would be their final lead of the game, the score was still close at the 4:57 mark, when a Shaun Livingston dunk brought the Nets to within 1 (17-16).
That was when the bottom fell out for them, as a 28-5 Thunder run that extended well into the 2nd quarter brought the Thunder lead to 24 (45-21) with 6:15 to play in the first half.
The game was never even close after that. The Thunder even broke out to a 32-point lead (73-41) with 8:03 left in the 3rd quarter. The game ended with a 120-95 final that left no doubt in anyone’s mind who wanted it more. This is the 10th straight win for the Thunder, as they move to 38-10, while dropping the Nets to 20-24.
Kevin Durant’s streak of 30+ scoring games snapped at 12, as he scored but 26 points in just over 30 minutes of action. Serge Ibaka was on fire last night, going 12-for-12 and scoring 25 points. Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha dropped 14 points apiece. Meanwhile, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones combined for 23 points off of the Thunder bench (Lamb: 12, Jones: 11).
The only two starters to show for the Nets were Livingston (16 points) and Paul Pierce (10 points). Deron Williams, Jason Terry, and Mason Plumlee all did well off of the Nets bench however, combining for 37 points (Williams: 14, Plumlee: 13, Terry: 11).
Another back-to-back is in effect, as the Thunder travel to Verizon Center in our nation’s capitol to take on the Wizards. The Thunder narrowly escaped Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 106-105 victory when these two teams met on Nov. 10th, so you know the Wizards are itching to defend their house, and split the season series. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm CST, and will be broadcast via Fox Sports Oklahoma, WWLS The Sports Animal, and NBA League Pass.