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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-91. Kevin Durant, a superstar and Olympic gold medalist scored a season-high 26 points. The Cavaliers fought hard, but it ended up getting away from them in the fourth quarter.
Although Durant scored 26 points, an in interview with ESPN, he gave most of the credit to his teammate, another Olympic gold medalist, Russell Westbrook. Durant said “he busted the game open for us,” referring to a wild banked in shot that Westbrook had made in a crucial point during the game.
At one point the Cavaliers were losing by 13 points, but they were able to close the gap to three points. Kyrie Irving, the all-star guard for the Cavaliers, led the team with 20 points, followed by veteran Daniel Gibson, who scored 16 points off the bench.
Byron Scott, the head coach of Cavaliers, mixed up his bench rotation with the goal of getting one of the players to step up. In an interview with Kansas City, Scott said “obviously we have to get more out of our bench then what we're getting these first six games.”
The Cavaliers missed many of their fourth quarter shots, and the Thunder quickly took advantage and pulled away. The Thunder were able to secure a victory by remaining consistent throughout all four quarters.