Thunder vs. Suns: A Second Look
January 1, 2012
Defensive stalwarts Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha slap hands following a break in play.
Cole Aldrich and Nazr Mohammed team up to make life in the paint tough on the Suns' Hakim Warrick. The Thunder limited the Suns to just five fast-break points and 39.8 percent shooting.
The Thunder defense stands ready as the Suns prepare to inbounds the ball. "It was a balanced night for us. Everybody participated in the win," Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks said.
Lazar Hayward extends a helping hand to help Thunder center Nazr Mohammed get back to his feet.
Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins each get a hand on the ball as does Suns center Marcin Gortat during a scramble under the boards. The Thunder won the rebound battle, 45-37.
Kevin Durant listens as Serge Ibaka points out what he's seeing from the Suns.
Thunder rookie guard Reggie Jackson, left, listens to the words from forward Lazar Hayward. Both players scored their first official points with the Thunder in the 107-97 victory.
Denied! Thunder center Kendrick Perkins soars to reject the shot attempt of the Suns' Ronnie Price. In all, the Thunder rejected six shots and limited the Suns to 39.8 percent shooting.
Russell Westbrook lets out a scream following his dunk. Westbrook finished the night with a team-high 18 points, four assists and two steals.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant, getting a break in the second quarter, likes what he sees from the second unit.
Thunder rookie Reggie Jackson goes past Suns guard Sebastian Telfair and around the Suns' Markieff Morris for his first two official NBA points.
Thunder guard James Harden elevates on his way to the basket for a left-handed finger roll. Harden finished with 10 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals.
Russell Westbrook slices through the Suns' defense as Kendrick Perkins establishes his place in the event of a rebound.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook exchange high fives.
Cole Aldrich slams home two points in front of the Suns' Markieff Morris. Aldrich also had two rebounds and a strong defensive presence.
Thabo Sefolosha is fouled by the Suns' Grant Hill, right, as Marcin Gortat defends as well. Sefolosha finished with 12 points.
Let's do this! Thunder players gather moments before the opening tip.
Serge Ibaka eyes the rim after getting past the Suns' Marcin Gortat as Channing Frye looks on.
Kevin Durant rises for a shot against the outstretched arm of Suns defender Josh Childress.