Jan 25, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Thunder defeated the Sixers 103-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers Fall To Streaking Thunder

The Philadelphia 76ers (14-30) lost their second straight game in as many days as they fell to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-10) 103-91. The Sixers were led by James Anderson with 19 points shooting 43.7% from the field along with five rebounds. Thaddeus Young fell two steals away from a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals which is a career high for Thaddeus. Tony Wroten returned for the Sixers after missing the last three games due to a right ankle sprain, he scored nine points. 

The Sixers as a team fell into a shooting slump making a dismal 34 out of 90 shots (37.8%) including 4-27 (14.8%) from the arch. The Sixers did manage to outscore the Thunder in fast break points 20-12 and in points in the paint 54-44. The Sixers also managed to grab 10 more offensive rebounds than Oklahoma City (19-9).

Thunder were led to their 7th straight win as Durant finished with his fifth career triple-double, 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. By scoring 32 points, Durant extended his 30-point scoring streak to 10 games which ties him for the most consecutive games with 30 or more points in the last 10 seasons (Kobe Bryant-10, Lebron James-10). Durant is the NBA’s leading scorer averaging 31.1 ppg (36.5 PPG in January). Serge Ibaka added a double-double himself with 25 points and 11 rebounds. He also rejected five shots.  As a team, the Thunder shot over 50% from the field and out-rebounded the Sixers on the defensive end 35-25.

The Thunder improve to 13-2 against the weaker Eastern Conference, 4-2 against the Atlantic Division, and 1-0 against the Sixers. Next time the two match-up will be March 4th at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Tags: James Anderson Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Philadelphia 76ers Serge Ibaka Thaddeus Young Tony Wroten

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