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Thunder Outscores 76ers in Shootout

The Thunder's Jeff Green (22) defends as Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young fumbles with the ball. (AP Photo) The Thunder's Jeff Green (22) defends as Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young fumbles with the ball. (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Dec 2, 2009 9:59 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook dished out a career-high 15 assists and Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-106 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Thunder went into halftime trailing 55-54, but opened the second half on a 14-5 run to take a lead it would never relinquish.

OKC (10-8) outscored Philadelphia (5-14) in each of the final two quarters and handed the 76ers their eighth consecutive loss. The Thunder has not lost consecutive games since Nov. 6, improving to 6-2 this season after a loss.

Durant led all scorers with 33 points, but a total of five Thunder players scored in double digits. Jeff Green scored 19, Nenad Krstic and Thabo Sefolosha each scored 12, and Nick Collison added 18 points off the bench in his first game back from injury.

Collison saw increased action because Krstic left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. Krstic was already hobbled by an Achilles injury in the same foot, and Collison had missed the Thunder’s last four games with a knee injury.

The 76ers – who re-signed former player Allen Iverson out of retirement earlier in the day – also had five players score in double digits, led by Andre Iguodala with 28 points. Thaddeus Young scored 20, Jrue Holliday scored 15, Willie Green scored 14 and Elton Brand added 13.

The Thunder dominated the boards all night, outrebounding Philadelphia 43-29 and pulling down 18 offensive rebounds. Oklahoma City will face a tough test in its next game when it faces the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ford Center.

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