The Phoenix Suns stayed close, but a 21-0 third-quarter run led to the Oklahoma City Thunder's 127-96 pasting of the Suns on Friday night.
The loss is the fifth in the Suns' past six games. Alternately, the Thunder win their third in a row after blowing out Dallas and Golden State earlier in the week.
Thabo Sefolosha added a season-high 18 points while Russell Westbrook dropped in 17 for the Thunder. Sefolosha was clutch from downtown, hitting four of his six three-point attempts on the game.
That helped fuel the Thunder to an incredible 66.7 percent (14-of-21) effort from beyond the arc.
The Suns' sixth man Michael Beasley continued to play well, leading all scorers with a 25-point performance in 29 minutes of action off of the bench.
At halftime it looked as if the visiting Suns were going to keep pace with Oklahoma City, trailing by just a 55-50 margin.
Oklahoma put those hopes away in the third quarter with that 21-0 run and outscored the Suns by a 36-20 margin. They didn't let up in the fourth quarter, either.
The Thunder added 36 more points in the final period to complete the blowout.
Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (OKC)
Durant was efficient and didn't try to do too much as he deferred to his teammates for much of the final period. He took just 11 shots for the game but made the most of them and his seven foul shots.
He also had the highlight of the game, too, on a gigantic slam over Markieff Morris in the second quarter. When things were still close, Durant was his normal clutch self and helped his team to yet another win.
What's Next for the Suns?
Phoenix will take Saturday off and travel back to the US Airways Center to wait for the arrival of Oklahoma City. The two will square off in an 8 p.m. ET rematch.
What's Next for the Thunder?
Oklahoma City will also take Saturday off and then travel to Phoenix for Sunday's matchup.
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