Thunder too much for 76ers 111-93
There was no need to play for most of the fourth while his teammates were adding to a big lead.
“It’s big to see fans with the Oklahoma City jerseys on,” Durant said. “I don’t care if it’s my jersey. I care about Oklahoma City jerseys. I know a lot of the jerseys were for me because I had a lot of family here. It was extra special to get a win here.”
“We start every game with the same approach, to have a serious competitive effort no matter who we’re playing,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
“We were close for a while, and then the beginning of the fourth quarter, they kind of exploded on us,” Brand said.
Philadelphia still has not won at least three in a row since a five-game streak between Jan. 31-Feb. 9.
“I think we missed some easy shots,” Holiday said. “They got in transition and got some momentum in the fourth and we didn’t recover.”
As usual, Durant provided the big plays for the Thunder.
Durant, the league’s second-leading scorer (29.6) behind only LeBron James’(notes) 29.8, sparked the Thunder with six points in the final 2:07 of the third quarter. After the Sixers got within 77-70, Durant drove by three Philadelphia defenders and threw down a one-handed dunk.
Durant, who has 22 double-doubles this season, then added a tough runner in the lane and two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining.
Oklahoma City also received balanced scoring and extended its lead early in the fourth.
“Our bench did a great job, especially in the fourth quarter,” Brooks said. “Eric Maynor set the tone with a big 3-point shot.”
Oklahoma City shot 41 percent from the field, but committed only four turnovers in the first half. As a result, the Thunder held a 56-45 advantage at halftime.
Notes: The Sixers played without guard Lou Williams (sore lower back) and forward Thaddeus Young(notes) (right thumb fracture). Philadelphia University men’s basketball coach Herb Magee was honored at halftime. Magee recently earned his 903rd career victory, passing Bobby Knight for the most wins in NCAA history. There was about a 10-minute delay before the start of the fourth quarter because of a loose wire on the shot clock above one of the baskets.