Despite a scare in the third quarter that spilled over into the fourth, The Oklahoma City Thunder finished strong against Brooklyn, beating the Nets 117-111.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points while Russell Westbrook added 25 more and nine assists. Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha put up 18 points and 14 more for OKC, respectively.
The win marked 10 straight games in which they scored at least 100 points, the first time in 15 years that a team has done so.
But the win did not come easy. The Thunder nailed 21 of their first 30 shots and Durant threw down a monster dunk that stunned the audience at the Barclays Center. OKC was rolling, but Brooklyn would not concede just yet. Though they trailed by double digits at times in the first half, the Nets outscored the Thunder 39-28 in the third quarter. From there they fought tooth and nail, really making OKC work for their seventh consecutive win this season despite shooting over 60-percent as a team.
Oklahoma City had previously beaten their last four opponents by 25 points a game, and lead the NBA in victory margin (9.8 points/game).
For the Nets, the loss meant an end to their six-game winning streak at home. Deron Williams put up a season-high 34 points in the effort. Brooklyn had neither starting center Brook Lopez nor Reggie Evans due to injury and illness, but still gave OKC a run for its money.
The Thunder advance to 15-4 on the season and currently lead the NBA in offense, averaging over 105 points per game. They welcome the Los Angeles Lakers next to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday
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