BROOKLYN - No team in the NBA is hotter than Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder right now, and on Friday night they were in Brooklyn to take on a Nets team that had won 10 of their last 12 games. The Nets, however, were without their top on-the-ball defender in Andrei Kirilenko who was expected to pull Durant duty, but was out with a sore right calf.
Durant, who entered the game with a 36.6 points per game average in the month of January, continued to dominate, scoring 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, with his 30-point consecutive game streak ending at 12, as the Thunder absolutely destroyed the Nets at home, 120-95.
How bad was it? The Nets set an NBA record for fewest rebounds in a game with 17 ... Or roughly one every four minutes. In addition, Andray Blatche left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury and didn't return.
Durant got off to a hot start, as expected, scoring his team's first six points on Shaun Livingston, who drew early Durant duties. The Thunder worked the paint a lot, however, as the Nets sent two, sometimes three men at Durant. This led to a mini Kendrick Perkins explosion, as he scored six points in the first six minutes.
Deron Williams once again came off the bench for the Nets. He played alongside Livingston with a two-point guard set, as Livingston was putting together a fantastic stretch of basketball. Reed Wallach of NetsDaily wrote about the Williams-Livingston combo earlier in the week, and on Friday night we saw it in action, though, no lineup for the Nets, to be fair, was any good. The Thunder closed out the first on a 13-0 run, shooting 72.6 percent in the quarter.
Livingston scored 10 points in the first quarter, but the Nets found themselves down 30-16 after one. Durant scored 11 and Serge Ibaka went for 12 points in the first.
Brooklyn struggled offensively in the second, allowing for the Thunder to continue to build their lead, even as Durant was on the bench. The Nets at one point midway through the second, after Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul, found themselves down 45-21.
Williams was awful in the first half. He had just six points to go along with three turnovers and zero assists in 16 minutes. Durant, meanwhile, scored 22 points and dished out six assists in the first half.
The Nets were down 63-35 at halftime.
Brooklyn never really worked their way into this one. In the third, even when they had put together a little run they couldn't even cut it to 20 points. The Thunder would respond, and on top of epic hole they had dug themselves into, it was near impossible for the Nets to make a game of this. After three, the
Some bad news in the third, as Andray Blatche left the game with a bruised hip. He did not return. Obviously, the Nets can't afford another injury to a big, though you have to wonder about how precautionary the move was, considering they were down by 30 points at the time.
Marquis Teague made his Nets debut, scoring seven points in 12 minutes. Mason Plumlee had 13 points in 16 minutes.
Durant finished with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and seven assists, while Ibaka went for 25 points on 12-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds
Next up for the Nets, Saturday night in Indiana against the Pacers.
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