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January 1, 2013

Thunder roll again

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Durant ended the night with 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting. Serge Ibaka added 16 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma City, Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 points, and Nick Collison came off the bench to contribute 10 points and nine rebounds.

“Well Nick does so many great things for us,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I say it time and time again. He’s a glue guy. He just does all the little things that are important to winning basketball games. He makes a ton of winning basketball plays.”

Scola paced the Suns (11-21) with 24 points, and Goran Dragic chipped in with 16 points and eight assists. Marcin Gortat posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Dudley was held to seven points on 2-of-7 shooting.

The Suns’ P.J. Tucker began the night crowding Durant every time the Thunder star got the ball. Tucker forced the three-time scoring champion to try to beat him off the dribble rather than giving up uncontested jump shots.

When Durant didn’t get the foul calls, he showed his frustration and sometimes didn’t get back on defense because he was complaining to the refs. Despite that, Oklahoma City led 32-28 after the first quarter.

O’Neal helped keep the Suns in the game in the second quarter. The 16-year veteran had eight points, four rebounds and a blocked shot in the period.

The Thunder held a 54-53 halftime lead.

Oklahoma City got a scare late in the half when Scola came down for a rebound and his elbow crashed into Westbrook’s face. No foul was called, but blood gushed from a cut around Westbrook’s eye. Westbrook had to be taken into the locker room, and he didn’t return the rest of the first half.

With Westbrook on the bench, Oklahoma City went on a 12-0 run to start the third quarter. It was punctuated by a Thabo Sefolosha fastbreak dunk that forced Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry to call a timeout.

“It’s just all about stops,” the Thunder’s Kevin Martin said. “We know we’re going to score. Tonight was just about stops. Once we got our stops and rebounded and got in our transition game we were pretty tough to stop.”

Michael KinneyFollow me @eyeamtruthmkinney@normantranscript.com

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