Instant Replay: Thunder 103, Sixers 91

Instant Replay: Thunder 103, Sixers 91

Durant records his 5th career triple-double

January 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Kevin Durant finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth career triple-double. (AP)


Prior to the opening tip, Kevin Durant came out on the court and went through a litany of shooting and passing drills, testing his sore right shoulder.

The NBA’s leading scorer clearly passed the test because one day after missing a game because of his shoulder, he was back in the Thunder's starting lineup -- and lighting up the Sixers.

Durant led all scorers with 32 points and added 14 rebounds and 10 assists to lift the Thunder to a 103-91 victory over the Sixers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center (see 10 observations).

Neither team shot the well from three: The Thunder (35-10) were 4 for 21; the Sixers (14-30) shot 4 for 27.

After missing the previous three games because of an ankle sprain, Tony Wroten was back in action. He played 16 minutes and scored nine points.

Turning point
With 5:18 to play in the third quarter, the Sixers' James Anderson made two free throws to cut the Thunder's lead to four at 69-65 after it had been as large as 13. But the Sixers never got any closer after OKC closed out the quarter on a 14-6 run.

Follow the leader
Kevin Durant did what he always does: scored the basketball. He posted his 10th consecutive game of at least 30 points and tallied his fifth career triple-double.

Anderson led the Sixers in scoring with 19 points. He was 7 for 16 from the floor but just 1 for 7 from distance. Thaddeus Young was two takeaways shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 10 boards and eight steals.

The Thunder are the No. 2 shot-blocking team in the NBA, averaging 6.1 blocks per game. They had six blocks in the first half Saturday night and finished with eight.

On a brighter note, OKC allows on average just 11.3 offensive rebounds per game, and the Sixers had 12 at the half (albeit with just 12 second-chance points to show for it).

In total, the Sixers ended up with 19 offensive rebounds but only 17 second-chance points.

Take a bow
Serge Ibaka had a masterful first quarter. He was 6 of 7 from the floor for 12 points. He blocked three shots and grabbed four rebounds. By game’s end, Ibaka had his 18th double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Up next
Ex-Sixer and current first-year head coach of the Phoenix Suns Jeff Hornacek comes to town Monday for his team's second and final meeting with the Sixers this season.

The Suns beat the Sixers, 115-101, on Dec. 28 in the only game the Sixers lost on their West Coast swing.

Thaddeus Young had one of his three 30-point efforts this season, and tri-state native Marcus Morris came off the bench to score 18 points for Phoenix.

The Sixers were outscored on the fast break, 31-14.

Evan Turner, the team’s leading scorer, did not play that night because of a sore right knee.