NEW ORLEANS — Monty Williams and his players had to be restrained as the first half ended in the NOrena Friday night.
It was the only fight the Hornets showed.
Oklahoma City pounded the Hornets from outside, scoring 42 points from 3-point range on its way to a 110-95 win over New Orleans.
The Hornets (3-4) simply had no answer for the Thunder’s Kevins – Kevin Durant scored 27 points on 9 of 12 shooting while Kevin Martin had 27 on 9 of 16 off the bench. Durant and Martin combined to hit 10 3-pointers.
New Orleans shot well from outside, too, hitting 7 of 12. But its inability to hit shots from elsewhere doomed it. The Hornets were just 42.3 percent shooting for the game.
Oklahoma City (7-3) didn’t overpower the Hornets, however. The advantage came from beyond the arc. The Hornets all but matched the Thunder in the paint, had nearly as many second-chance points and turned the ball over fewer times than Oklahoma City.
The Hornets outrebounded the Thunder 40-36.
Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting, going 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
The near scrum occured when Westbrook was fouled by Greivis Vasquez at the end of the first half. Westbrook feigned throwing the ball at Vasquez and a short-time later, the teams had to be restrained.