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Thunder 119, Warriors 98

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Martin came off the bench to score 21 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Golden State Warriors 119-98 Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Warriors were blown out for the second night in a row. Including their 140-109 defeat to the Rockets in Houston, they have lost by a combined 52 points in the past two games.

After falling behind by 22 points, Golden State (30-19) had its chances to make a game of it in the second half after falling behind. The Warriors cut the lead to 11 points several times.

However, each time the Oklahoma City (37-12) came up with a defensive stop, then scored on the offensive end. Midway through the fourth, the Warriors were unable to make any more runs, and both teams emptied their benches.

Martin shot 8-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-6 on 3-pointers, in only 27 minutes. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Serge Ibaka collected six blocks and 15 points.

Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson each paced the Warriors with 19 points. Stephen Curry added 11 assists, but he only shot 5-for-20 for 14 points.

Ibaka was playing with an edge from the opening tip. Guarding All-Star David Lee, Ibaka played as if he were trying to show he deserved to have been selected. He hounded Lee and attempted to block or alter every shot Lee put up. Lee finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Ibaka had four blocked shots to go along with 11 points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City led 34-22.

Golden State couldn't buy a basket in the first half, shooting 37 percent. While Oklahoma City's defense had a little to do with it, the Warriors were just missing open shots and turning the ball over.

Durant and the Thunder bench pushed the lead to 20 early in the second quarter. They looked as if they were about to put the Warriors away before halftime.

However, Golden State cut the lead to 14 behind Barnes and Thompson before Durant drained a 3-pointer with 2:35 left in the half. Westbrook followed that up layup and free throw to push advantage back to 20. The Thunder led 67-49 at halftime.

NOTES: Golden State's Andrew Bogut was not in uniform. After missing 38 games to start the season with an ankle injury, he has played in four games since his return. The team does not want him to play in back-to-back games until after the All-Star break. Andris Biedrins started in his place, and he had two points and seven rebounds. "Unfortunately we have a lot of experience playing without him," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "He completes us as a basketball team, and we're thrilled to have him back. But we have two centers in Biedrins and Festus Ezeli that can do the job." ... Durant and Martin battle each other every day after practice for the team's daily free-throw championship. Their battle has now includes the rest of the league. Martin entered Wednesday leading the NBA with a .904 average. Durant was second at .903. The only other team with two players ranked in the top 10 was the Warriors. Curry was third (.902) and Thompson seventh (.888). ... After losing to Houston on Tuesday, Golden State didn't arrive in Oklahoma City until 4:30 a.m. Severe fog forced the team to detour to Tulsa. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks didn't have any pity for them. "Any team can handle a night of tough travel," Brooks said. "That's just part of being an NBA team. You have to make adjustments. Everything is not going to go smooth. You can't have a bunch of nights in a row like that."
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