Oklahoma City, led by Kevin Durant in his best performance yet this season, beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-92 on the road for their 12th straight win this season.
Durant dropped 41 points on Atlanta and had 13 rebounds in the win, his 22nd 40-point performance in his career. Russell Westbrook helped out with 11 assists and 27 points, 21 of which came in the first half.
The Thunder are just two wins away from tying the franchise-best winning streak of 14 games, set back in 1996.
For Atlanta, Jeff Teague had 19 points, while Josh Smith helped out with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Al Horford and Lou Williams had 13 points apiece.
The Hawks got off to an early lead against the Thunder in the first quarter, but couldn’t sustain it to close this one in their favor. After going up 19-17, the Hawks could not hold off Oklahoma City as they went on a 10-1 run to close out the first and begin the second quarter.
Oklahoma City extended their lead to 17 before the Hawks fought back, having been sparked by a technical foul called against Josh Smith. Atlanta then went on a run of their own, scoring 11 unanswered points before Russell Westbrook slammed it down for an OKC score.
Atlanta kept it close after that, but could not overcome the stifling play by Durant, who was largely responsible for dominating them defensively.
The Thunder continue to lead the NBA with the best record in the league, and make up for a 104-95 Nov. 4 loss to the Hawks that gave them a 1-2 record. Since then the Thunder are 20-2 and have not lost since Nov. 23.
Oklahoma City advances to 21-4 on the season. They challenge the Timberwolves next on Dec. 20.