When Pelicans 7-footer Jason Smith stepped outside for the type of mid-range jumper he hits routinely, Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka sprang out to the perimeter and blocked the shot. While the Thunder can usually rely on plenty of scoring from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, it was a concerted defensive effort in the second half that helped them build and keep a comfortable lead down the stretch in a 109-95 victory over New Orleans on Friday night. Some nights they will make them but I think tonight we did a great job and that was the key.'' Durant scored 29 points and Westbrook added 25 as Oklahoma City beat New Orleans for the ninth straight time and 14th in 15 meetings. Most of those games occurred when New Orleans' team was called the Hornets.
Serge Ibaka put up his ninth double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 13 rebounds, to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the New Orleans Pelicans, 109-95. Oklahoma City (14-4) has now won nine of their last 10 games. Ibaka went 5-12 and converted 7-8 from the free throw line. Kevin Durant also chipped in for Oklahoma City, finishing with 29 points and 8 rebounds.
Kevin Durant put up his 8th double-double this season, scoring 27 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Oklahoma City Thunder slip by the Sacramento Kings, 97-95. Oklahoma City (13-3) is now on an 8-game winning streak, dating back to a 92-79 win against Milwaukee Bucks on November 16th. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Russell Westbrook with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the loss, Isaiah Thomas put up 24 points off the bench for Sacramento on 9-18 shooting, including 3-8 from behind the arc.
Kevin Durant put up a triple-double with 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 113-103. Oklahoma City (12-3) is now on a 7-game winning streak, dating back to a 92-79 win against Milwaukee Bucks on November 16th. Other key performers for Oklahoma City were Russell Westbrook with 19 points and 5 assists, Reggie Jackson with 18 points and 5 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Kevin Martin put up 24 points for Minnesota on 6-16 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-8 from the free throw line.