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[sny-box] A Shaun Livingston steal and dunk cut the Thunder deficit to 17-16 at the 4:57 mark of the first quarter.
But from that point until the end of the first half, the Thunder went on an extended 46-19 run. The game was basically over after the first quarter.
Kevin Durant finished the game with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and dished out seven assists. However, his streak of 12 straight games with 30-plus points has come to an end.
Serge Ibaka also turned in a dominant performance with 25 points on a perfect 12-of-12 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds.
Brooklyn was torched 41-17 in rebounding, and the Thunder also held a 58-30 advantage in points in the paint.
The Thunder must have remembered the Jan. 2 Joe Johnson buzzer beater vividly, because they came out on fire and did not stop in pounding the Nets in this one.
The “Durantula” spun the Nets into his web even though his streak was stopped. He has shot over 50 percent from the field in eight of his last nine games. Ibaka was on fire all night as well and has now scored at least 20 points for the fourth time in five games.
It shouldn’t be an accomplishment for the Nets to be the team to break Durant’s streak, since he played only three quarters and still scored 26.
Oklahoma City has now won 10 games in a row and is 9-0 on the season on the road against Eastern Conference opponents.
After the tough loss Monday against the Raptors and a few days off, the Nets were expected to come out with a ton of energy against the team in which this recent hot streak started. But the exact opposite occurred.
Livingston was the only the Nets that showed up, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 from the floor. The only other exciting moment for the Nets all game is when the crowd chanted “Reggie” when Reggie Evans checked into the game in the second quarter.
Despite the embarrassing loss, the Nets finished the month of January 10-3, even though that included back-to-back losses to wrap up the month.
Brooklyn has no time to rest as the team heads to Indiana to take on the Eastern Conference’s top-seeded Pacers in the second half of this tough back-to-back. Tip is set for 7:00 PM.