Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
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Hornets85
Game 2: Wednesday, January 25th
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Thunder101
Game 3: Monday, February 20th
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Thunder101

Hornets 91

(3-15, 2-6 away)

Thunder 101

(15-3, 8-1 home)

    Coverage: FSOK

    8:00 PM ET, January 25, 2012

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 22 29 20 2091
    OKC 30 30 18 23101

    Top Performers

    NO: J. Jack 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Okc: K. Durant 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Kevin Durant, Thunder stay hot against Hornets

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have finished a stretch of beating up on the NBA's weaker teams.

    Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead the Thunder to their 10th win in 11 games, 101-91 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

    Now the Western Conference leaders will get to see what they can do on the road.

    After wins this week at home over New Orleans and Detroit, and road wins against sub-.500 teams New Jersey and Boston, the Thunder embark on a three-game trip starting at Golden State on Friday.

    "It's a challenge we can handle," Oklahoma City reserve James Harden said. "We live for situations like this. It will be tough."

    The trip also takes the Thunder to Los Angeles to face the Clippers and to Dallas for a matchup with the defending champion Mavericks.

    "It will be tough," Durant said. "We just need to stay focused and take it a game at a time."

    The victory improved the Thunder to 15-3, the best record in the West, despite an off night from guard Russell Westbrook and 21 turnovers.

    Oklahoma City led throughout, including by as many as 14 in the first half. The Hornets pulled to 83-81 with 9:07 left in the game, but Westbrook hit back-to-back shots and the Hornets never got closer than four the rest of the way.

    Westbrook started 1-for-10 with four turnovers. He finished 4-of-14 for 14 points.

    "Just too many turnovers," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Don't know. It's not like we don't work on it. It's happening, and we have to correct it. We controlled the boards, and the turnovers were a big part of the game. We have to do a much better job with the ball."

    Jarrett Jack scored 20 points to lead New Orleans, which lost its ninth straight -- eight of those losses coming by 10 or fewer points. Gustavo Ayon, who came in averaging just 3.2 points, added 16 and Carl Landry 15.

    "I was just proud of the fight we had," Jack said. "Playing in this building isn't easy."

    Harden had 18 points and made nine of 10 free throws for the Thunder, who shot 53 percent to win their third straight.

    The Thunder led 60-51 at the break after shooting 60.6 percent in the opening half.

    Durant didn't miss a shot in the first half, going 5-for-5 and scoring 16 points. He finished 9-of-13 and had a team-high seven rebounds.

    "The second half they scored 41," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "We just had the tale of two halves. The turnovers just hurt us in the second half."

    The Thunder offset the 21 turnovers by getting timely shooting from Daequan Cook, who hit three 3-pointers, and with 21 assists.

    Brooks also said Westbrook improved as the game went on. He was 3-for-4 in the fourth quarter.

    "Some shots fell for him," Brooks said. "You just keep playing. You're not going to always play good basketball. You have to keep your focus, and in the fourth quarter, the game turned around for him."

    Game notes


    The Thunder's 15-3 start ties for the second best in franchise history through 18 games. The 1982-83 and 2004-05 teams in Seattle also were 15-3. The 1993-94 Seattle team started 16-2. ... The Thunder forced five turnovers in the fourth quarter. ... Hornets F Trevor Ariza was just 1-for-8 and had two points. He had scored in double figures his previous four games before Wednesday night, including 18 Monday against San Antonio. ... Jack missed all three of his field goal attempts in the fourth quarter. ... New Orleans F Xavier Henry played for the first time this season and had three points on 1-for-5 shooting. ... Harden had six assists for Oklahoma City.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NO
    OKC
    Points 91 101
    FGM-FGA 35-75 (.467) 34-64 (.531)
    3PM-3PA 1-7 (.143) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 20-21 (.952) 28-33 (.848)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-32 5-31
    Assists 16 21
    Turnovers 17 21
    Steals 11 10
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 11 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 14

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Oklahoma City
    Jarrett Jack Jack
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3