Kevin Durant put up 41 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a close victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 111-109. The Thunder took quality shots in this one, going 43-82 (52.4%) from the field, including 13-25 (52.0%) from three-point range. Oklahoma City (36-10) is now on an eight-game winning streak, dating back to a 104-92 win against Houston Rockets on January 16th.
Durant finished 15-25 from the field (5-7 on 3-pointers) and 6-8 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Reggie Jackson also contributed for Oklahoma City, finishing with 18 points and 5 assists. On 9-19 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, Paul Millsap scored 23 points for Atlanta in the loss. He also registered 8 rebounds. Mike Scott added 16 points and 6 rebounds and Shelvin Mack finished with 15 points and 7 assists.
Along with their eFG% of 60.4%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 52.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 10-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Hawks are 1-9 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Atlanta (23-21) to 0-2 versus Oklahoma City on the season.
Coming up next, the Thunder square off with the Miami Heat, who are 32-12 on the year. The Hawks go up against the Detroit Pistons, currently 17-27 this season. The Hawks have been victorious in their last two games against Detroit.