Thunder End Impressive Road Trip, Defeat Durant and Nets in Brooklyn

By Chad Waters

Kevin Durant faced his former team on Sunday, competing against the Thunder for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. And it was also Durant’s first time facing his former team that featured none of his former teammates in OKC. Playing without co-star Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) for a third-straight game, Durant led the Nets with 36 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. But it wasn’t enough, as the Thunder (5-4) closed out their road trip with a 129-116 win at Brooklyn (5-6).

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. SGA got it going early for the Thunder, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half. Five other Thunder players finished with double-digit scoring: Hamidou Diallo 25 points, Al Horford 22 points, George Hill 14 points, and Lugentz Dort & Isaiah Roby 13 points each.

The Nets opened the first quarter with 41 points as it seemed the Thunder were looking forward to a flight home after what would have been a successful 13-day road trip regardless. However, the Thunder kept it close in the second quarter and steamrolled the Nets 37-18 in the third quarter. It was the Thunder’s highest-scoring quarter on the season, and the win marked the Thunder’s highest-scoring game of the season. The third quarter scoring bombardment has been a theme during OKC’s road trip, who has averaged 30 points in the third quarter in their four wins throughout the road trip.

OKC went on a 25-7 run to finish the third quarter, giving the Thunder a 94-81 advantage. The Thunder kept pushing in the fourth quarter, matching the Nets with 35 points in the fourth quarter to give OKC its third-straight win and fifth-straight victory against the Nets.

OKC continued the early-season theme as road warriors, winning all five games on the road and finishing this five-game road trip with a 4-1 record.

The Thunder begin a four-game homestand on Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs (5-4).

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