Oklahoma City Thunder needed Kevin Durant at his best to snap a three-match losing streak. Durant delivered at the right moment, dropping 32 points and 11 rebounds to guide OKC to a 124-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
The stats shows that Thunders were desperate for a win, as they forced 23 turnovers and outplayed Suns in terms of rebounds 52-23. Russel Westbrook played a leading role by posting 21 points, six rebounds and 13 assists. Dion Waiters added 19 points to the winner’s tally.
“I thought we were impressive tonight,” Westbrook said. “We did a better job of being aggressive and not letting people come at us, which led to us doing what we do — getting out into transition and getting steals.”
Oklahoma suffered three consecutive defeats after starting their campaign with three straight victories. A win over Phoenix Suns brought them back to the winning lane. The Thunder also out-shot the Suns by shooting 52 percent from the floor.
Eric Bledsoe, the hero of the last game for Suns, also led his team on Sunday with 28 points and 11 assists. Meanwhile, Markieff Morris scored 19 points but couldn’t prevent the Suns from losing the third game in its last four outings. Moreover, Bledsoe scored 15 points in the first quarter, his career-highest for that phase.
Thunder led 60-54 half-time. The reserves were ineffective in the first half but lifted their side in the later stage.