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February 9, 2013

Thunder roll over Suns

Total team effort gives Oklahoma City dominating victory against Phoenix

OKLAHOMA CITY — When opposing teams come into Oklahoma City, they know to expect a heavy dose of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They have proven to be a dangerous team when the dynamic duo are both knocking down shots.

But the Thunder become close to unbeatable when the wealth is spread through the entire lineup. This is what Phoenix found Friday when five players scored in double figures for Oklahoma City as the Thunder rolled through the Suns 127-96 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“It’s a matter of pick your poison with them,” Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. “They have a lot of guys that aren’t in the headlines, but do a lot for their team. They have a bunch of co-stars who do a great job.”

In the Thunder’s three-game homestand, they won by an average score of 119.3 to 95.0. Durant and Westbrook did not play in the fourth quarter as the contest got out of hand in the third period.

“I love not playing in fourth quarters,” Westbrook said. “It’s great. Good for my legs. Good for my body. We have done a great job of taking care of business. Scotty (Brooks) emphasized to us we need to play a better fourth quarter. But we haven’t played one yet. So maybe he will change his mind on that one.”

Durant took only 11 shots, but was 4 for 5 from 3-point range as he led the Thunder with 21 points. He also collected six rebounds and four assists. Kendric Perkins was 8 for 9 from the field to post 17 points and pull down a game-high nine rebounds. Thabo Sefolosha added 18 points, Russell Westbrook 17 and Kevin Martin 13.

Oklahoma City (38-12) is now 17-1 this season when five players score 10 or more points.

Michael Beasley came off the bench to pace the Suns (17-34) with 25 points and seven rebounds. Goran Dragic posted 19 points and six assists. All three of the Thunder’s wins over the Suns this season have been by more than 10 points.

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