National Basketball Association
Oklahoma City 101, Atlanta 92
When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
#11 Derrick Collins, #44 Eli Roe, #14 Ed Malloy
Thunder 101, Hawks 92: Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and 10 rebounds and came up with several big defensive plays down the stretch as visiting Oklahoma City held on for its 11th win in 12 games.
Serge Ibaka collected 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who won despite going 4-for-18 from 3-point range. Russell Westbrook added 14 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and Reggie Jackson scored 13 off the bench for Oklahoma City.
Paul Millsap racked up 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hawks, who dropped to 7-4 at Philips Arena with their first home loss to a Western Conference team. Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Jeff Teague also had 17 for Atlanta.
Louis Williams hit a 3-pointer to pull Atlanta within 78-75 with 10:18 remaining, but the Hawks came up empty on seven straight possessions with Durant tallying a steal and two blocks during a 10-0 run. Mack hit a pair of 3-pointers with a 3-pointer from Millsap in between to keep Atlanta in it, but the Thunder never let the lead dip below three.
It was close throughout the first half, but Oklahoma City gained some separation by holding the Hawks scoreless over the final two minutes while scoring six straight points for a 48-39 halftime lead. Atlanta shot its way back into it from 3-point range, going 6-for-11 in the second half after hitting just 3-of-15 in the first half.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Hawks SG Kyle Korver went 1-for-6 from 3-point range, extending his NBA-record streak to 91 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer. … Oklahoma City held a 54-45 edge on the boards and improved to 12-1 when outrebounding its opponent. … Atlanta C Al Horford finished with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, snapping a streak of 24 straight games scoring in double figures dating to last season.
Top Game Performances
Kevin Durant 30
Paul Millsap 23
Russell Westbrook 11
Shelvin Mack 6
Kevin Durant 10
Paul Millsap 12
Kevin Durant 11
||Free Throws Made
Paul Millsap 11
Russell Westbrook 4
Elton Brand 3
Kevin Durant 2
Elton Brand 2
Team Stats Summary
Atlanta will play their next game at home against Washington. The Hawks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Thunder have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.