(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will carry a three-game
winning streak into US Airways Center Thursday night when they face the
The Thunder finished a six-game homestand in style with the three straight
wins, although the residency began poorly. OKC dropped three in a row at home
for the first time in almost five years. The Thunder have their next two on
the road, where they've won two straight.
On Tuesday, the Thunder made quick work of the Philadelphia 76ers, winning
125-92 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Though neither one played the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant had 42 points and
Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double for the Thunder.
Durant, who also grabbed nine rebounds, was 14-of-20 from the field and 12-
of-18 from the foul line while Westbrook tallied 13 points, 14 assists and 10
rebounds in the first three quarters.
Technically, Westbrook's triple-double came in 20:17, which is the second-
quickest time to register a triple-double in NBA history.
"It's crazy," acknowledged Westbrook. "I'm just trying to get my groove back.
I'm blessed to be able to do that in such a short amount of time. It was fun."
Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka added 14 points apiece for the Thunder. Ibaka
also sat the entire fourth quarter with the win well in hand.
Caron Butler made his Thunder debut after leaving the Milwaukee Bucks and
signing with the championship contenders. Butler scored two points in 25:42
and received a long standing ovation when he checked in during the first
"That was unbelievable," Butler said. "I didn't expect that. I didn't know how
to feel, I was just excited to be back out there playing."
The Thunder will visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
The Suns will complete a four-game homestand. Phoenix is 2-1 on this stay,
although the loss came in the last outing, a 104-96 setback to the LA
Gerald Green supplied 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while P.J.
Tucker gave 18 points and 10 boards for Phoenix, which has dropped four of its
Goran Dragic was held to 14 points and Marcus Morris added 12 points off the
The Suns held an 11-point lead at the half, but a 37-18 third quarter for the
Clippers helped put the game away.
"I thought we played pretty good defense for three of the quarters, just one
quarter killed us. At least it is better than the last five games because I am
not sure we had many quarters that were good defensively. We battled," said
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.
Leandro Barbosa broke his hand in the LA loss and could miss the remainder of
the regular season.
The Suns head out for two straight on the road following Thursday night.
This could be a first-round playoff preview. The Thunder lead the Western
Conference by 1 1/2 games over the San Antonio Spurs and the Suns are tied for
the eighth spot with the Dallas Mavericks.
Oklahoma City has owned this matchup recently, winning 11 straight and six in
a row in Phoenix.
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