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.