Kevin Durant scored 26 points and recorded 7 assists, while Serge Ibaka added 25 points and 9 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder drub the Brooklyn Nets, 120-95. The Thunder shot 49-77 (63.6%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 10 rebounds. Oklahoma City (38-10) has now won 10 consecutive games, dating back to a 104-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on January 16th.
Durant shot 10-12 (3-3 from three-point range) in an efficient offensive performance. Reggie Jackson also contributed for Oklahoma City, finishing with 14 points and 7 assists. On 6-8 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for Brooklyn in the loss.
As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Oklahoma City (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of Brooklyn (ranked 30th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.30 points per possession. In addition to their eFG% of 66.9%, the Thunder registered an OR% of 41.7%. On the season, they are 6-1 when they exceed 55% and 30% in those respective offensive factors. On the other hand, the Nets are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those numbers.
This drops Brooklyn (20-24) to 1-1 versus Oklahoma City on the season.
Coming up, the Thunder battle the Washington Wizards, who are 22-23 on the season. The Nets go up against the Indiana Pacers, currently sitting at 35-10 this year. The Thunder have a 1-0 record against Washington this season. The Nets have lost to Indiana the last three times they have played.
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