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December 10, 2013

Durant sparks Thunder over Hawks

ATLANTA — Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the 11th time in 12 games, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 Tuesday night.

Shelvin Mack scored 17 points off the bench to lead an Atlanta comeback, but finally cooled off at the end.

Coming off an impressive 118-94 home victory over Indiana, the Thunder had more trouble on the road against the Hawks. But the result was the same: another Oklahoma City victory, despite a tough night for Russell Westbrook. He was held to 14 points on 6-of-21 shooting, though he did sink an impressive reverse layup with 1:41 remaining to help finish off Atlanta.

Durant made 9 of 21 shots from the field and 11 of 15 free throws. He also had 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal, helping limit Al Horford to 7 points.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 23 points.

The Thunder appeared in control after Jeff Teague turned it over near midcourt, Westbrook took off the other way on what looked to be a layup, only to flip the ball back over his head to Durant streaking down the court — one of 11 assists for Westbrook.

The thunderous dunk stretched Oklahoma City’s lead to 88-75 with 6:47 remaining.

Led by Mack, who went 3 of 5 from 3-point range, the Hawks closed to 95-92 with just over 2 minutes remaining. The home team didn’t score again, missing its final four shots.

Reggie Jackson hit two difficult shots in the final minute of the third quarter after the Hawks sliced into Oklahoma City’s 15-point lead — first with the shot clock running down, then a fadeaway just ahead of the buzzer to end the period. The Thunder went to the fourth up 76-68.

Jackson finished with 13 points. Serge Ibaka chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta’s Kyle Korver missed three shots beyond the arc in the first half, but knocked down a 3-pointer early on in the third quarter to extend his record streak with at least one trey to 91 games in a row.

In the previous game, Korver broke the mark set by Dana Barros from 1994-96.

NOTES: Thunder G Thabo Sefolosha did not play after spraining his right knee in Sunday’s victory over the Pacers. Andre Roberson made his second start of the season and had two points and five rebounds. ... Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins was called for a flagrant foul in the third quarter when he whacked Teague across the chin and neck as the Hawks guard drove for the basket. ... Millsap had 12 rebounds, while Horford added 10.

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