A Kevin Durant-led performance powered the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Atlanta Hawks, 101-92 on Tuesday night, in what was the Thunder’s 11th win in their past 12 games.
Durant scored 30 points and played lights-out on both ends of the court. He also had 10 rebounds, five assits, two blocks and a steal on the night. Serge Ibaka had a double-double effort in the win, putting up 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as well as having two blocks. And Russell Westbrook did his part, having an assist double-double with 14 points and 11 dishes.
For the Hawks, Paul Milsap lead with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeff Teague added 17 points of his own. Shelvin Mack had a heck of a game, coming off the bench and putting up 17 points late in the contest to fuel an Atlanta comeback that got the home crowd roaring.
The Thunder looked to cruise to a win with 6:47 left in the game, after a 10-0 run punctuated by an explosive dunk from Durant put the Thunder up 88-75. But the Hawks would not concede a victory so easily. They clawed back into it, largely thanks to the performance from Mack and a poor shooting night from Oklahoma City’s Westbrook.
As hard as the Hawks pushed to tip the scales in their favor, Durant and the Thunder pushed back with just as much intensity.
It paid off for OKC, who have been playing incredibly well over their last 12 games.
With the win, the Thunder advance to 16-4, though they are struggling a bit (6-4) on the road. They travel to the FedEx Arena next on Wednesday, Dec. 11 to challenge the Memphis Grizzlies.