Thunder Pounds Warriors Behind Offensive Explosion

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 10:31 pm
By: News 9

Different city, different story.

The Oklahoma City Thunder poured on the points Wednesday night, drubbing the Warriors 119-98 and earning revenge for its Jan. 23 loss in Oakland.

This one was tight early on, but Oklahoma City would soon change that. Tied at 10-10, Serge Ibaka's layup not only put the Thunder ahead, it started the domination.

OKC (37-12) ran off a 21-12 stretch to turn a tie game into a 31-22 lead, then the run got turned up a notch. Thabo Sefolosha hit a 3-pointer that closed out the first quarter sparked an 11-0 Thunder run to open up a whopping 42-22 lead. OKC maintained that pace the rest of the second quarter and took a 67-49 lead into the half.

The Thunder's big four led the way in Oklahoma City's dominant first half. Kevin Durant scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds while Russell Westbrook poured in 18 points. Ibaka dominated on both ends, scoring 13 points while snagging five boards and blocking five shots. Kevin Martin added nine first-half points off the OKC bench.

As lopsided as the half was, it could have been worse. Despite shooting just 37 percent from the floor in the first half, Golden State drained 7-11 from downtown to keep the score somewhat respectable. Harrison Barnes' 12 points on 4-5 shooting paced the Warriors in the half. The Thunder shot 56.5 percent in the game's first 24 minutes while hitting 4-9 from 3-point range.

Golden State (30-19) got back into the game with a strong third-quarter performance, outscoring the Thunder 30-23 to trail by just 11 heading into the fourth. That's when Martin and OKC put things away for good.

Martin scored the Thunder's first seven points of the fourth quarter to open up a 97-81 lead, and after Reggie Jackson scored four quick points, Martin splashed another 3-ball to give the Thunder a 104-83 lead at the 8:08 mark. The 16-4 run to start the fourth put the final nail in the Warriors' coffin and secured the Thunder its 37th win of the season.

Durant, Westbrook and Martin all scored more than 20 points, pouring in 25, 22 and 21 points, respectively. Ibaka finished with 15 points, nine boards and six blocks while Kendrick Perkins chipped in six points and 11 rebounds. Jackson and Nick Collison also gave the Thunder nice sparks off the bench. Jackson scored a career-high 12 points and dished out six assists in just 17 minutes while Collison chipped in eight points and five boards on 4-5 shooting. David Lee finished with a quiet double-double for Golden State, scoring 12 and hauling in 11 rebounds.

Barnes and Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 19 points each while Stephen Curry nearly missed a triple-double, scoring 14 points, handing out 11 assists and snagging eight rebounds. Curry struggled from the field though, shooting just 5-20.

OKC finished the night shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 8-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range. The win improves the Thunder's home record to 22-3.