January 21, 2012
Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Nets
NEWARK, N.J.—Kevin Durant had 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder stifled the Nets on defense in an 84-74 victory Saturday nigh
Playing in his first game since signing a five-year, $80 million contract extension, Russell Westbrook added 21 points and six assists and James Harden had 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Kris Humphries had 12 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Nets. Deron Williams and MarShon Brooks had 14 points apiece and Jordan Farmar added 13.
For more, read Tom Canavan's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.
NETS-THUNDER LIVE CHAT
THE STAT: Minus ten. Before the game, Nets Coach Avery Johnson warned against the pitfalls of falling behind early, but his team was down 10 points after one quarter, and that was the final margin of victory for Oklahoma City.
ROOKIE WATCH: MarShon Brooks (14 points) hit his first four shots, but then missed his next nine, finishing 6-17. He and Kris Humphries provided the Nets with consecutive behind-the-back-passes on the same play, resulting in a fast break layup for Humphries to give the Nets a 4-2 lead.
For more, read Jake Appleman's NBA.com notebook: Click Here
NETS NOTES F Kris Humphries 16 rebounds tied his season-high, marking his team-leading sixth double-double. He also blocked three shots...C Mehmet Okur, though he didn't score, pulled down a season-high 9 rebounds...The Nets held the Thunder to .461 field-goal shooting, a season-low for any opponent.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
12 PTS, 16 REB,
2 STL, 3 BLK
|On the loss:
"Wow. In preparation for this game tonight, if somebody would've told me that the Oklahoma City Thunder would've scored 84 points and we would hold them to 41-percent field-goal shooting, I would think in my mind we would score 95. And this is really disappointing because we just couldn't make shots tonight, and I feel bad for our guys."