CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Forward Kevin Durant scored 34 points, including 10 in the final six minutes, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-85 Friday night in their first game without injured guard Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder led by as many as 13 in the second half but ultimately had to hold on when Charlotte's Josh McRoberts missed an open 3-point attempt with five seconds remaining and the Thunder leading 87-85.
Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha then hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to push the final margin to 89-85.
The win moved the Thunder to 24-5 and was their 19th in their last 21 games. It was also their seventh straight road win, a record in the team's Oklahoma City era.
Durant, who hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final six minutes, also had 12 rebounds and six assists. He was 14 of 28 from the field.
The Thunder also got 12 points each from Sefolosha and forward Serge Ibaka.
Westbrook, the Thunder's second-leading scorer at 21.3 ppg, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday afternoon. His replacement, Reggie Jackson, had 10 points but was four of 19 from the field.
The Bobcats, who had won four of their previous five, fell to 14-16.
Guard Kemba Walker led the way with 18 points, center Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and guard Gerald Henderson scored 14.
The Thunder led 21-20 after one quarter, then scored the last 12 points of the first half to take a 42-36 halftime lead. The Thunder pushed the lead to as many as 13 in the third quarter before the Bobcats rallied to cut the deficit to 62-60 going into the fourth.
NOTES: Thunder G Russell Westbrook's arthroscopic surgery on Friday was his third such procedure since April, when he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. He also had surgery in October shortly before the start of training camp. He is expected to be out at least until the All-Star break. ... G Reggie Jackson moved into Westbrook's spot in the starting lineup. He has averaged 12.5 points off the bench. ... The Bobcats got good news on Friday as the cast was removed from F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's fractured left hand. There is still no timetable for Kidd-Gilchrist's return. ... The Bobcats are also without C Brendan Haywood (stress fracture left foot) and F Jeffery Taylor (ruptured right Achilles). ... Thunder F Kevin Durant came into the game averaging 28.1 points per game, which leads the league. He is also averaging career highs in rebounding (8.0) and assists (4.8). Durant came into the game with five games of more than 30 points and 10 rebounds already this season. He had four such games all of last season. ... The Bobcats were closing out a three-game homestand. They will play at Atlanta on Saturday, then will head west to play Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland and Sacramento. ... The Thunder will return home to face Houston on Sunday.