NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Oklahoma City
(Friday, December 31st)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 103, Atlanta 94
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks, 103-94.
Kevin Durant added 33 points for the Thunder, who finished their four-game homestand with a 3-1 mark. James Harden tallied 15 points in a reserve role in the victory.
"I thought we played a very good team tonight. They're a physical team, they rebound, they defend as well as anybody we will play this year," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "I thought we did a good job of matching their strength of being physical, as physical as they were."
Jamal Crawford donated 26 points and five steals off the bench for the Hawks, who saw a brief two-game winning streak come to an end. Josh Smith had 23 points and nine rebounds for Atlanta, which also got 16 points and 11 assists from Joe Johnson.
Holding a 21-17 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, the Thunder went on a 10-2 run to create some distance. Serge Ibaka's hook shot made it 31-19, and Oklahoma City held a 33-24 margin after 12 minutes.
Atlanta scored eight straight points early in the second period to get within five, 39-34. The Thunder maintained their lead and took a 60-53 edge into the locker room.
The Hawks got as close as three in the third, but the home team took an 83-79 lead into the fourth.
Zaza Pachulia's layup to start the final quarter cut Atlanta's deficit to two. But Oklahoma City responded with a 16-6 run to essentially put the game away. Durant made a trio of three-pointers during the surge, including two threes to cap the flurry for a 99-87 lead with over 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Thunder swept the home-and-home series with the Hawks last season after Atlanta did the same in 2008-09...The Hawks started a four-game road trip on Friday...Atlanta was without forward Marvin Williams (back).
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