With Westbrook leading the way, the Thunder had five players score in double figures. Kevin Durant posted 26 points and eight rebounds while Kevin Martin added 16 points. As a team they had 20 assists.
“There’s no question that we are at our best offensively when we share the basketball,” Brooks said. “We’ve been doing it all year. Our assists numbers have been pretty good. There are going to be games when we are not as good and there will be games where we are even better.”
Irving has a team-high 20 points for the Cavaliers. But he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Gibson scored 16 off the bench.
The Cavs jumped out to a blistering start in the first quarter. Irving had his shot going early and got Westbrook into foul trouble in the process as they held a 17-11 advantage.
But Durant and Martin led the Thunder on a 13-4 run to end the quarter. That included a midrange jumper by Martin as the buzzer sounded to put Oklahoma City up 27-21.
“Our defense is a good trend to have,” Westbrook said. “Keeping teams under a certain amount of points per quarter is important and at the same time we are making shots.”
Martin, who came to Oklahoma City last month in the trade that sent James Harden to Houston, continues to show he can score from anywhere on the floor since coming to Oklahoma City from Houston. His shooting range has expanded even more playing alongside Durant and Westbrook.
“It is great,” Martin said. “It’s been a long time waiting playing on a team like this. It’s a great group of guys from the organization to the players. Opportunities like this you never know when you are going to get them so you have to take advantage of them.”
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