NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Oklahoma City
(Tuesday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 106, Atlanta 99
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant poured in 33 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder used a late surge to take down the Atlanta Hawks, 106-99.
The dynamic Durant has now scored at least 25 points in 22 straight games for the Thunder, who ended a four-game homestand with a 3-1 mark. Jeff Green donated 19 points and six rebounds while Russell Westbrook chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists for Oklahoma City, which made 27-of-32 free throws.
"This was a good win to end our homestand...We did it with great execution," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said.
Joe Johnson finished with 37 points for the Hawks, who have dropped two in a row and three of four overall. Josh Smith tallied 15 points and six boards. Smith also had one block to make him the youngest player to block 1,000 shots in the NBA. He reached the mark at the age of 24 years and 59 days.
Johnson and Mike Bibby made back-to-back three-pointers near the midway point of the fourth to tie the tilt at 89. However, the Thunder fought back with a 15-6 burst to claim victory.
The key part of the run came when Green drained a trey to put Oklahoma City in front 100-93 with 1:42 to play. Thabo Sefolosha capped the flurry with a deuce, making it 104-95 with 38 seconds remaining.
The Thunder scored the final six points of the first quarter to deadlock the score at 22. A tight second period followed, with the tilt tied at 49-49 heading to the break.
With the scored tied at 55-55 with nine minutes left in the third, Oklahoma City ripped off six consecutive points to build a 61-55 margin on a Durant jumper with eight minutes to go. The Thunder led 79-72 heading to the fourth.
"[The Thunder] are pretty good coming out in the third quarter," Hawks head coach Mike Woodson said. "We weren't too flat, but we just couldn't get stops."
The Thunder snapped a three-game skid to Atlanta with a 94-91 win in Dixie on January 18. Oklahoma City completed its first home-and-home season sweep of the Hawks since the 2006-07 season when the franchise was based in Seattle...Benoit Benjamin reached 1,000 blocks at the age of 25 years and 128 days. He was with the Los Angeles Clippers when he set the record...Al Horford ended with 14 points and five rebounds for the Hawks, who made 21-of-25 foul shots.
02/03 00:27:43 ET