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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 18 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a 114-69 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
Russell Westbrook had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City's starters were pulled less than 5 minutes into the second half with the Thunder leading 79-25.
Westbrook powered home a right-handed slam to put an exclamation point on the first half and put Oklahoma City up 64-24. It was the fifth-biggest halftime lead in NBA's shot clock era and the largest since Golden State set the record with an 88-41 edge on Sacramento on Nov. 2, 1991, according to STATS.
It was the largest blowout ever for Charlotte, which had shown promise with seven early wins -- the same number it had last season while setting an NBA record for futility.
Rookie Jeff Taylor scored 10 points to lead the Bobcats, whose worst loss previously was a 112-68 defeat against Portland on Feb. 1.
The Bobcats opened with their worst offensive quarter of the season, scoring just 12 points while committing seven turnovers on their 20 possessions, and it only got worse.
Oklahoma City broke it open with a 22-3 run, scoring the final 10 points of the first quarter and then 12 of the first 15 to start the second. Eric Maynor and Kevin Martin hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, and Durant followed that by setting up back-to-back two-handed dunks by Hasheem Thabeet and Nick Collison to make it 40-15 with 8:23 left before halftime.
The Thunder shot 60 percent from the field while limiting Charlotte to 22 percent and forcing 11 turnovers in the first half. The Bobcats made only 3 of 20 shots in the second quarter while getting outscored 36-12.
It still wasn't a Thunder franchise record for a halftime margin. When the team was based in Seattle, the SuperSonics held a 75-31 lead against Boston on Nov. 23, 1967 -- the second-largest margin in the shot clock era, which started in the 1954-55 season.
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks pulled his starters less than 5 minutes into the second half after the lead ballooned to 79-25 following Durant's 3-pointer from the right wing. The last five players on the Thunder bench played the entire fourth quarter.
Charlotte still couldn't avoid the most lopsided loss in the franchise's history, despite pulling within 38 twice in the fourth quarter. It didn't come close to the NBA record for margin of victory -- from Cleveland's 148-80 rout of Miami on Dec. 17, 1991.
NOTES: Oklahoma City's highest-scoring first half this season came at New Orleans on Nov. 15, when the Thunder took a 66-37 lead. ... Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo missed his second straight game with a left leg contusion. Coach Mike Dunlap had called him a game-time decision. Gerald Henderson (sprained left foot) and Tyrus Thomas (left calf strain) also sat out.
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Russell Westbrook threw down an absolute monster of a dunk in Oklahoma City’s thrashing of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday.
Right before halftime, Westbrook blew by Bobcats guard Kemba Walker and elevated for the power jam to put the Thunder up 64-24 going into the break.
“They was sleeping. Everybody’s head turned, so I decided to go and take off,” Westbrook said of the...
Kevin Durant scored 18 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a 114-69 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
Russell Westbrook had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City's starters were pulled less than 5 minutes into the second half with...
Russell Westbrook gets his fair share of blame when things go wrong for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but everything was going right for them on Monday night.
In a blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Westbrook earned some well-deserved accolades for himself by throwing down a monster dunk at the end of the first half. To punctuate the slam, the point guard even did a little high...
Russell Westbrook is known to throw down some freakishly athletic dunks, and in tonight’s game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Bobcats, Westbrook added another one to the highlight reel.
In the closing seconds of the first half, Westbrook blew past Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker and threw down a powerful one-handed dunk that brought the crowd to their feet...
The Oklahoma City Thunder produced one of the most dominant first halves in NBA history Monday night, building a 64-24 halftime lead against the Charlotte Bobcats.
It was the fifth-biggest halftime lead in NBA history and the largest since Golden State set the record with an 88-41 edge on Sacramento on Nov. 2, 1991, according to STATS LLC. The Thunder franchise record for a halftime...
OKLAHOMA CITY Scott Brooks is known for his low-key approach, so when he said Wednesday's game against Houston was something bigger, it made an impression.
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REACTION: OKC: 114 / BOBCATS: 69
-The Thunder handed Charlotte a 45-point loss at the Chesapeake Arena Monday in Oklahoma City. OKC led by 54 at one point in the second half thanks to six players scoring in double-digits including a combined 32 points from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
-Charlotte opened with Jeff Taylor guarding [...]
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before the Charlotte Bobcats took the floor Monday, coach Mike Dunlap told his players to not listen to the outside noise. Even though the team had already matched its season win total from the season before, he didn't want the Bobcats to start believing the hype about how good they were. Dunlap's words turned out to be prophetic, as the Oklahoma City Thunder...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before the Charlotte Bobcats took the floor Monday, coach Mike Dunlap told his players to not listen to the outside noise. Even though the team had already matched its win total from the previous season, he didn't want the Bobcats to start believing the hype about how good they were. Dunlap's words turned out to be prophetic, as the Oklahoma City Thunder...
There are blowouts, and then there are routs. And then there are lambastes. And then there are trounces. And then there are clobberings. Also thrashings. Whichever one of those you find to be most devastating, that's what the Thunder did to the Bobcats last night. As you can see if the photo above, OKC led by 54 at one point in the third quarter. 54!
This game ended up at...
The Oklahoma City Thunder have dominated their recent matchups with the Charlotte Bobcats, but by all appearances, they would appear to have a more difficult opponent for the next one.
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The Thunder (10-4) have prevailed in five of their last six games...
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Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.
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