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News » Thunder notches monumental win

Thunder notches monumental win

Thunder notches monumental win
The Thunder finally owns a win over a team with a winning record.

After coming up just short against other playoff-caliber teams, Oklahoma City left no doubt Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

OKC romped to a 114-93 win over Utah in front of 18,437 fans, some whom actually left early, knowing a win was assured.

"Tonight it all came together," said Jeff Green. "We made shots. We got stops and learned from some of those other games like Denver and Detroit."

Oklahoma City pushed San Antonio, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston and Detroit to the wire but couldn't close the deal. This time the Thunder built a 21-point lead and never let the Jazz back in it.

Leading 50-48 at halftime, the Thunder took control with its best third quarter (36 points) of the season.

Utah never got closer than 14 points the final 10 minutes.

"When we get a lead sometimes we have a tendency to let teams back in," said Russell Westbrook, who scored 22 points. "Tonight when we got a lead we stepped on their throat against a good Utah team."

Nenad Krstic (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Nick Collison (13 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles.

Green (23 points), and Kevin Durant (21) nearly had double-doubles as the Thunder dominated the boards (48-26).

"It's night and day on what it feels like to play for this team now," Collison said. "We've been playing really well the past few weeks."

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