Thunder-Bobcats Final Score: Kevin Durant scores 34 as OKC beats Charlotte 89-85

Dec 27, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives the ball inside against Charlotte Bobcats power forward Josh McRoberts (11) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McRoberts missed a wide-open three-pointer with four seconds left that would have given the Charlotte Bobcats a one-point advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As fate would have it, the Thunder escape Charlotte with an 89-85 victory Friday night.

The situation the Thunder had to endure for this game was not anticipated this morning. It was announced that Russell Westbrook underwent successful knee surgery today and that he would miss the next seven weeks.

Kevin Durant would rise to the occasion for OKC when they needed him most. Ahead 76-74 with a bit over five minutes to play, Durant scored 10 straight points for the Thunder to help them pull away.

KD finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds and six assist in 40 minutes as the Thunder improved to 24-5 on the season and 11-4 on the road.

Minus Westbrook, Reggie Jackson got the start and struggled for most of the game. Jackson finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists on just 4-of-19 shooting.

Jackson looked to be pressing somewhat looking for his shot a little bit more than usual and overall, he just had trouble finding much rhythm as his role changed tonight.

Four other Thunder players reached double-digit scoring aside from Durant. Serge Ibaka had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting but was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Thabo Sefoloshas hit three triples and finished with 12 points while Jeremy Lamb chipped in with 10 off the pine.

The Thunder have much to improve upon in the coming months while they will be without Westbrook. Next up will be the biggest test yet as they will host the Houston Rockets at home Sunday night. The Thunder lost their first home game of the season the last time they played at Chesapeake Arena last Sunday vs. the Toronto Raptors.

Topics: Oklahoma City Thunder

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