NEW ORLEANS —
“It’s not about me scoring a certain amount of points. That’s not the issue,” Westbrook said. “Our problem is we need to win games and that’s all I try to do. ... When I go to the basket, a lot of guys are collapsing on me and guys are open, and my job is to make sure they get the ball on time and on target.”
Oklahoma City made 14 3-pointers, with Martin hitting six of 11 and Durant going 4 of 5.
Ryan Anderson scored 15 points for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight. Anthony Davis tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go with eight points, but hit only four of 14 shots.
“They pretty much ran away in the first half,” Anderson said. “They made a lot of shots and we didn’t answer fast enough. This is the NBA, where the greatest players in the world play and on any given night a player can have a night like Kevin Martin had. He couldn’t miss.”
The defensive-minded Hornets entered the game giving up 90.5 points per contest, the third-lowest average in the league, but Oklahoma City scored 66 in the first half on 64 percent shooting including 8 of 13 from 3-point range.
Martin wound up hitting five of seven 3-point attempts in the first half and by halftime led all scorers with 22 points.
“We were just playing well as a team. The ball was just moving to me,” Martin said. “I just played my normal game. If the shot’s there, take it.”
Although the Hornets appeared outclassed, they kept working, which seemed to get under the skin of some Thunder players.
Westbrook and Greivis Vasquez were assessed double technical fouls at the end of the half, and Durant and Kendrick Perkins walked toward halfcourt to have words with Hornets players including Davis. Monty Williams also strode toward center court and angrily told Durant and Perkins not to talk to his players.