NBA: Durant stretches 30+ point game streak to 11, shoots down Hawks late
OKLAHOMA CITY - Forward Kevin Durant scored 41 points and hit the game-winning shot for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 111-109 comeback victory over the Atlanta Hawks Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
With 2:34 left, Durant went to the foul line and hit one of two to close Atlanta'a lead down to 107-105. Atlanta forward Paul Millsap missed a jumper and Durant made him pay with a contested layup to tie the game.
Millsap tried to post up guard Reggie Jackson but Durant came from behind with the blocked shot.
After another loose-ball scramble, the Hawks (23-21) got a wide-open three-pointer attempt that was off. But Millsap got the rebound. However, a few seconds later, Millsap was called for traveling and Oklahoma City (36-10) got the ball back with 34 seconds on the clock. Coming out of a timeout, guard Derek Fisher got the ball to Durant. With forward DeMarre Carroll guarding him, Durant hit a step-back jumper to put the Thunder up 109-107 with 25 seconds left.
Millsap answered right back when he drove into the lane and flipped a left-handed shot over guard Thabo Sefolosha.
With 22 seconds left, the Thunder took over. Durant got the ball at the top of the key. The Hawks sent a double-team at him but he drove the other way and knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 1.5 left over the double team.
Not fair, Kevin Durant.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 28, 2014
Atlanta was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds.
Along with Durant's 41 points, he collected five assists and three blocked shots. He also extended his scoring streak to 11 games with at least 30 points.
Jackson added 18 points and five assists. Forward Serge Ibaka had six blocked shots.
The Hawks had seven players score in double figures. Millsap led with 23 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Guard Shelvin Mack and Carroll each posted 15 points. Forward Mike Scott came off the bench to score 16 points. - Reuters
THUNDER 111 - Durant 41, Jackson 18, Lamb 14, Ibaka 9, Collison 8, Fisher 8, Perkins 6, Sefolosha 5, Adams 2, Jones 0
HAWKS 109 - Millsap 23, Scott 16, Carroll 15, Mack 15, Korver 14, WIlliams 10, Schroder 10, Ayon 6, Brand 0
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