Thunder aim for 14th straight home win, take on SunsMar 7, 2012 - 3:50 PM (Sports Network) - Oklahoma City was able to bounce back from a rare loss to beat the defending world champions on Monday. Tonight, they try to make it two in a row, as they face one of the hotter teams in the league in the Phoenix Suns at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
After having their seven-game winning streak stopped on Saturday in Atlanta, the Thunder rebounded nicely two days later against the Dallas Mavericks. James Harden scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, leading Oklahoma City to a 95-91 win.
Russell Westbrook added 24 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Kevin Durant finished with 22 points and seven rebounds as the Thunder became the first team in the Western Conference with 30 wins. Durant also matched a season-high with seven turnovers.
"It's a good win for us, playing against one of the best teams in the West," Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks said.
The victory was also Oklahoma City's 13th straight at home, marking the franchise's longest home winning streak since the SuperSonics reeled off 17 straight in Seattle from November 11, 1994-January 24, 1995.
Phoenix, meanwhile, enters tonight's contest playing their best basketball of the season. The Suns capped a six-game homestand in winning fashion on Sunday, as Steve Nash had 19 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 96-88 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Marcin Gortat added 14 points and 17 rebounds while Channing Frye also had a double-double, scoring 11 with 10 boards for the Suns, who have won three straight overall and went 5-1 on their homestand.
"We've got a great rhythm right now, we are playing well and hopefully we are going to show up next game ready to play against Oklahoma," Gortat said.
The road, though, has given Phoenix trouble this season. The Suns have lost their last three away from home and are 7-11 as the visitor this season.
Oklahoma City has beaten the Suns the last four times it has played them.
- PHOENIX: 104
OKLAHOMA CITY: 115
Mar 7 10:38 PM
- PHOENIX: 64
OKLAHOMA CITY: 58
Mar 7 9:14 PM
- PHOENIX: 34
OKLAHOMA CITY: 25
End of 1st
Mar 7 8:36 PM
- PHOENIX: 0
OKLAHOMA CITY: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 7 8:12 PM
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