Oklahoma City Wins Third Straight Game


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:16 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Mar 13, 2011 5:29 PM CDT

Grant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

CLEVELAND – The now LeBron James-less Cavaliers are commonly referred to as the league’s worst team, and played like it against Oklahoma City.

The Thunder used a balanced scoring effort to top Cleveland 95-75 and win their third straight game on Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 20 points, including an individual span of 12 straight points in the third quarter for OKC.

After the first minute of the game, OKC gained the lead and controlled it for the entire game.

The big lead (as many as 28 at one point) gave Oklahoma City a chance to get a number of players into the game and get experience.

No Thunder player played more than 30 minutes in the game, but seven players scored six or more.

Kevin Durant scored 19 points, and James Harden continued his solid scoring streak with 16.

Serge Ibaka grabbed 14 boards and added seven blocks.

Oklahoma City was actually outrebounded by 10 (54-44) despite the 20-point victory.

OKC remains four games behind the Lakers in the Western Conference standings and three ahead of Denver for the fourth seed.

The Thunder will continue their stretch of sub-.500 opponents on the road against the Washington Wizards on Monday at 6 p.m.