Thunder Surmount Slow Start To Win 10th Straight Over Pelicans

Thunder Surmount Slow Start To Win 10th Straight Over Pelicans

The Pelicans tried as hard as they could to hang. They even had the score tied 17-all with 4:17 to play in the first. Unfortunately for them, that’s when the bottom fell out.

Nick Collison lays it up as Reggie Jackson looks on. Jackson finished the game with 11 points.

Nick Collison lays it up as Reggie Jackson looks on. Jackson finished the game with 11 points.

A 22-8 run pushed the Thunder lead to 14 (39-25), and they never looked back. The Pelicans never did shave the Thunder lead into single-digits after that, and the Thunder took a 116-94 victory that jumps their record to 58-21, while dropping the Pelicans to an abysmal 32-47.

Kevin Durant slams it home as Austin Rivers watches. Durant's 27 points led all scorers, while Rivers' 18 points tied him for leading Pelican scorer with Darius Miller.

Kevin Durant slams it home as Austin Rivers watches. Durant’s 27 points led all scorers, while Rivers’ 18 points tied him for leading Pelican scorer with Darius Miller.

Kevin Durant’s 27 points led all scorers to take the floor. Russell Westbrook came in as the #2 overall scorer with 24 points. Serge Ibaka had an impressive 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Reggie Jackson sank 11 points off of the Thunder bench.

Alexis Ajinca challenges Russell Westbrook at the rim. Westbrook's 23 points was good for 2nd leading scorer overall, while Ajinca dropped 12 off of the Pelicans bench.

Alexis Ajinca challenges Russell Westbrook at the rim. Westbrook’s 24 points was good for 2nd leading scorer overall, while Ajinca dropped 12 off of the Pelicans bench.

Austin Rivers and Darius Miller tied for leading Pelicans scorer, as both finished with 18 points. Tyreke Evans dropped 13 before leaving the game with a bruised knee, and Alexis Ajinca and James Southerland combined for 22 points off of the Pelicans bench (Ajinca: 12, Southerland: 10).

Serge Ibaka throws it downover Greg Stiemsma. Ibaka finished with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Serge Ibaka throws it down over Greg Stiemsma. Ibaka finished with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.

At this point, one more win was still required before the Thunder locked in the #2 seed. My next postgame will take a look at the Pacers-Pelicans back-to-back, and we’ll see if they locked it in. Stay tuned.

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