Despite shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 11.1 percent from three, the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to escape with a 103-96 victory on Sunday night over the Phoenix Suns.
Russell Westbrook returned to action for the first time since tearing his lateral meniscus against the Houston Rockets during the 2013 postseason, and dropped in 21 points on 5-of-16 shooting (11-of-14 from the line), dished out seven assists and committed four turnovers in the win.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points and posted his first double-double of the season by adding 10 rebounds to his final line.
The Thunder's offense was positively sluggish throughout the game's first three quarters, and they trailed by three entering the fourth as a result.
However, a 36-point outburst in the final period led by Durant and Westbrook saw the Thunder outscore the Suns by 10 in the fourth, ultimately solidifying a win over a Suns team that started the season 2-0.
Eric Bledsoe was simply phenomenal for the Suns, scoring 26 points, dishing out 14 times and grabbing seven rebounds, but his eight turnovers were a team-high and accounted for more than one-third of the team's total giveaways (23).
Next up for the Thunder is a matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, while the Suns will clash with the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
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