Gerald Green scored 41 points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded three steals to help the Phoenix Suns rally for a 128-122 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at the USA Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona Thursday night.
Green shot 12-of-22 from the field, eight-of-13 from beyond the arc and nine-of-11 from the charity stripe.
The Thunder exploded in the first quarter, taking a 41-32 lead and although the Suns cut it four at halftime, the Thunder quickly pushed the lead back to double digits early in the second half.
That’s when Green took over. Green scored 25 points in the third quarter and helped the Suns turn a an 11-point deficit into a three-point lead before the quarter came to a close.
The Thunder fought back and had a 118-116 with less than two-and-a-half minutes to play, but Goran Dragic got back-to-back buckets and after another stop, Marcus Morris found his twin brother, Markieff, on an alley-oop to push the lead back to four. Dragic another jumper in between buckets by Kevin Durant, making it a two-point game, but the Thunder would not score again and the Suns closed it out on the free throw line.
The Suns got 22 points and four assists from Dragic and big games from both Morris twins. Markieff scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds while Marcus scored 15 points.
The Thunder got huge games of Russell Westbrook, who had 36 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals, and Durant, who scored 34 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Serge Ibaka added 18 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
The Suns are now 36-25 while the Thunder are 46-16.