March 4, 2014 | Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Posted: March 4, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY –– One night after LeBron James went for a career-high 61 points in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats, many wondered how Thunder star Kevin Durant, his most serious competition for league MVP honors this season, would respond.
Tuesday night against the Sixers, Durant led the Thunder to a 125-92 wire-to-wire win, scoring 42 points (14/20 FG) despite not playing in the fourth quarter. It was his 10th 40-point outing of the season; he has twice as many such games as the next closest player (Carmelo Anthony, NYK).
"It's tough losing. None of us in this locker room want to lose, but there's nothing we can do about the losses we've had," said rookie Michael Carter-Williams after the game. "When I go out there, I believe we're going to win the game no matter who we're playing."
The Sixers were led by Oklahoma State alum James Anderson, who went 6-of-12 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points. Carter-Williams added 14 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals, and former Thunder Byron Mullens contributed 15 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
Philadelphia returns to action Saturday at 7:30pm against the Utah Jazz at Wells Fargo Center.