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Updated Mar 7, 2014 - 8:51 am

Green, Suns storm past Thunder in statement victory: By the Numbers

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) is backed down by Phoenix Suns' Gerald Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Without their starting center and battling a host of backcourt injuries, the Phoenix Suns looked to be fighting a losing battle before they even took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

But since when has that been an issue for this year's Suns?

Gerald Green scored a career-high 41 points while Markieff Morris added 24 and Goran Dragic 22, and the Suns notched another marquee victory in their improbable season, topping Oklahoma City 128-122 in front of 17,816 at US Airways Center.

Here's a closer look at the win, by the numbers:


Green's 41-point performance marked the second 40-point game by a Phoenix player in the last week, after Goran Dragic's 40-point game against New Orleans on Friday.


Green connected on 8-of-10 shots from 3-point range -- six of which came during his torrid third quarter -- surpassing his previous career-high of six.


With the win over Oklahoma City, Phoenix snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Thunder.


The Suns used a 14-0 third-quarter run -- part of a larger 19-2 run -- to take the lead and pass the 100-point mark with more than 12 minutes of action left.


Neither team missed many scoring chances on Thursday, and Oklahoma City's perfect 19-for-19 mark from the free throw lines is a pretty good example of that.


Green's 25 third-quarter points marked the second-highest total in a quarter for a player in Suns history, falling just one short of Stephon Marbury's 26-point outburst in 2002.


Green finished with a career-high 41 points, the second time in less than a month he's set a new career scoring record.


Despite the Suns' high-flying win, the Thunder were able to control the paint -- scoring 52 of their 122 points in the paint.


The Thunder's talented duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 70 points in Oklahoma City's loss -- 34 from Durant and 36 from Westbrook on a combined 25-of-46 shooting effort.


The two high-scoring offenses combined for 250 points, and totaled 73 combined points in both the first and third quarters.

About the Author

School: University of Akron, University of Arizona When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Sept., 2013 Favorite sports memory: Tie between flying from Akron, Ohio to Phoenix to be at the 2008 NFC Championship and being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series Favorite all-time athlete: Jim Thome Favorite sports movies: Tin Cup, Major League, The Waterboy Most crushing sports moment: Santonio Holmes' go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl 43


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