NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at New Orleans
(Wednesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 103, New Orleans 99
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and hit a crucial jumper with 13.7 seconds left, helping the Thunder snap their 10-game losing streak to the Hornets with a 103-99 victory at New Orleans Arena.
Kevin Durant led the way with 30 points -- his 23rd consecutive game with 25 points or more -- as the Thunder won their fourth straight contest. It was the team's first win against New Orleans since the formerly displaced Hornets played some of their games at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, which is now the home of the Thunder.
"I think we did a good job as a team by defending well, getting rebounds and hitting clutch shots," Westbrook said. "That's a good team over there. They did a good job of fighting back. I try to be aggressive, defend and try to help my team out."
Oklahoma City also snapped an eight-game road losing streak in this series, aided by 14 points apiece from Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
Marcus Thornton scored 22 points to lead the Hornets, who have lost three of four. Peja Stojakovic and David West each provided 15 points, while Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
"We just couldn't make plays down the stretch to close the game out," West said. "We tried to come out and be aggressive, but it just went in a different direction in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, we couldn't pull it out."
James Posey had eight points and season-highs with 10 rebounds and six assists in defeat for New Orleans, which announced Wednesday that star guard Chris Paul would undergo knee surgery and miss an indefinite amount of time.
The Hornets trailed for the entire game until consecutive three-pointers by Stojakovic and Darren Collison gave the team a 95-94 edge with just over four minutes remaining.
Durant tied the game shortly thereafter by going 1-of-2 from the free throw line, then hit a jumper on the Thunder's next possession for a 97-95 advantage with three minutes to go.
Stojakovic and Collison each missed a shot on New Orleans' next two trips, and Green's 12-footer provided a four-point lead with under two minutes on the clock.
Darius Songaila brought the Hornets to within two just seconds later, and a defensive stop would have given them a chance to tie or go in front.
New Orleans initially got that stop, forcing Durant into a missed jumper, but Westbrook somehow snatched the offensive rebound, drained the clock and hit a 17-foot jumper with 13.7 seconds left to make it a 101-97 game.
Durant hit a pair of free throws five seconds later to seal the win.
Oklahoma City began on a torrid pace, jumping out to a 14-2 lead in the first four minutes. New Orleans, though, recovered and tied the game at 22 heading to the second.
The Thunder then scored the first six points of the second quarter and held a six-point margin, 58-52, at halftime.
Krstic had a quartet of jumpers fall in the early minutes of the third quarter, helping the Thunder extend their advantage to 73-61. The Hornets were able to cut their deficit to 82-76 heading to the fourth.
New Orleans then began the fourth on a 9-4 burst to help get to within one, 86-85, after a pair of Thornton free throws with nine minutes left.
Westbrook and Serge Ibaka responded with a layup apiece for the Thunder, and a 17-footer from Westbrook had the visitors ahead by five with just over five minutes to go.
It was announced Wednesday that Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups will replace Paul in the All-Star Game...This marked the first time since the Thunder moved from Seattle that the team has beaten the Hornets. They hadn't won in this series since December 26, 2006 and hadn't notched a road victory since February 23, 2005...Oklahoma City is 13-11 as the visitor, while New Orleans is 16-7 at home...Thornton added a career-high six assists for the Hornets.
02/03 23:16:26 ET