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Oklahoma City Thunder rebound from loss to beat rival Memphis Grizzlies

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies: 02.03.14
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies: 02.03.14
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Kevin Durant was on a tear, scoring 30 or more points in 12 straight games. During that time, the Oklahoma City Thunder went on a 10-game winning streak. However, Durant's 30-point streak ended against the Brooklyn Nets and the win streak ended against the Washington Wizards. On Feb. 3, both streaks started fresh as Durant scored 31 points in the Thunder's 86-77 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The win helped the Thunder improve to 39-11, the best record in the Western Conference, three games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, Memphis fell to 26-21 and sit one game behind the Dallas Mavericks, out of playoff reach at this time.

The Thunder, who remain one of the NBA's best scoring teams, ranked fourth with 105.4 points per game, have now failed to reach 100 points in two straight games. After scoring only 81 points in their loss to the Wizards, Oklahoma City only scored 86 in this win and it seems that only Kevin Durant is really thriving on offense.

Before Russell Westbrook's surgery, it looked like Reggie Jackson was playing so well he might be playing himself right out of Oklahoma City contract wise. However, with the weight of the Thunder offense on his back as the starting point guard, he has only averaged 13 points per game over the last five. Against Memphis, he only scored 12.

Serge Ibaka, who is having an all-star season, finished the game with his 19th double-double of the season, scoring 21 points with 12 rebounds and one block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder remain at home for a Wednesday night game with the Minnesota Timberwolves, with a tip off at 8 p.m. EST.

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