The Thunder outscored Phoenix 17-4 to start the second half, capped by an 11-0 run that put Oklahoma City up 64-46 on George’s 20-footer with 7:05 left in the third quarter. Booker and Josh Jackson each sank 3s in an 8-0 spurt that cut it to 64-54. But Oklahoma City, dominating the game inside, rebuilt the lead to 18 before Jamal Crawford scored the last four points of the quarter to cut the Thunder’s advantage to 79-65 entering the fourth.
Down 93-78 after George’s two free throws with 5:27 to play, the Suns mounted an 11-2 run to cut it to 95-89 on Warren’s 3-pointer with 3:45 remaining. But Adams scored on an offensive rebound and broke free for a dunk and was fouled for a three-point play to boost the lead to 100-89. Phoenix never came closer than seven after that.
The game was close through a sloppy first half, when neither team could shoot better than 38 percent.
Oklahoma City led 47-42 at the break, despite 12 turnovers. But Phoenix could turn them into just seven points.
Thunder: Westbrook practiced with the team on Friday and was at the Saturday shoot-around. … Oklahoma City improved to 5-1 in games since Westbrook was hurt. … The Thunder’s two previous victories over Phoenix were in Oklahoma City, the most recent on Tuesday. … Oklahoma City won its first road game against a Western Conference foe.
Suns: Trevor Ariza missed his second straight game for personal reasons. … Warren had his fifth straight 20-point game, a career best. …. Booker was only 5 of 16 from the field, but matched his career best with 12 assists, a mark he set on Wednesday.
Thunder: At Sacramento on Monday night.
Suns: Open a four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Monday.
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