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March 31, 2014

Durant’s 31 points propel Thunder past Jazz in a blowout



Durant finished 9-of-13 from the field and had nine assists. In his past two games, he’s 18-of-24 from field, 7-of-10 from 3-point range and a perfect 17-for-17 from the line. He also extended his scoring streak of at least 25 points to 38 games

“I’m just going out there and playing my game,” Durant said. “If it happens, cool. If it doesn’t, cool.”

Russell Westbrook posted 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Thunder (54-19). Caron Butler came off the bench to score 15 points. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and four blocked shots.

Enes Kanter paced the Jazz with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Richard Jefferson scored 17 points and Favors had 13 rebounds and eight points.

It didn’t take long for Oklahoma City to get rolling. It sprinted out to a 20-4 lead and the Jazz looked lost.

“You can’t just put your head down and you can’t all of a sudden start arguing with each other or questioning your game plan,” Jefferson said. “When you score four points, or whatever that was, it’s a combination of a lot of things. Just a tough situation.”

As Durant picked apart Utah’s defense with a variety of shots. He also opened up space for his teammates to get off uncontested shots.

Durant finished the first half with 18 points and four assists as Oklahoma City led 59-40.

But it was the team’s defense that set the tone that carried throughout the game.

“I feel like we need to start the game off more defensively and I thought we’ve done that the past two games,” Westbrook said. “We just have to continue to keep that going.”


Notes: The Oklahoma City Thunder took time out Saturday to make surprise visits to fans across the area. Players such as C Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant spent the day bringing gift cards to different shops across Oklahoma City in what the franchise is calling the Thunder Acts of Kindness. ... Reggie Jackson missed his second consecutive game with a mid-back sprain. He is day-to-day.

Michael Kinney

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