Alexei Pokusevsky had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to lead his career-first triple-double Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-96 home win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
The win tied for the Thunder to have the biggest margin of victory this season and the Sanss had a fourth loss of 20 or more points this season.
Olivia Sir led Oklahoma City with a career-high 24 points, going 9-of-12 from the field with five 3-pointers.
The Sons (62-16) have lost just the fourth back-to-back game this season, once again missing the franchise record for regular-season wins.
This is only the third win in 16 games for the Thunder.
– OKC Thunder (ctokcthunder) April 4, 2022
Sons star Chris Paul played with fans in his first game in Oklahoma City since the Thunder traded him to Phoenix before last season, and he was greeted loudly during the introduction.
Paul finished with 11 points and nine assists, but without Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton (the rest), the Sons did not have enough strength to win, even against a team entering the NBA with a fourth-lowest record.
Pokusevsky had never been with Paul, but in the second quarter, Pokusevsky, using Paul’s signature rip move, drew a foul on Paul, with the old man shaking his head.
Pokusevsky finished the triple-double with a last-minute rebound.
Aaron Wiggins added 17 points for the Thunder (23-55), while Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 14.
Mikal Bridges led the Sun with 18 points.
Another push at the start of the game took the shape of the game, with the Suns 12 advancing just six minutes into the game.
The Thunder reached a 10-0 lead late in the quarter, but Oklahoma City were unable to tie the game for the first time in the last two minutes of the first half until Vit Crazy’s dive.
Crazy gave the Thunder their first lead in the first minute of the second half, as Oklahoma City started the half at 10-2.
Oklahoma City extended the lead with a 10-0 start from Pokusevsky’s 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Thunder’s lead eventually expanded to 22.
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