Kevin Durant led all scorers with 41 points as Oklahoma City Thunder continued to establish themselves as one of the NBA's most elite teams on Wednesday night as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 100-92, at Phillips Arena.
The win marked the 12th consecutive victory for OKC and is the highest in the franchise's history since the 1996 Seattle SuperSonics won 14 straight games.
Durant was wildly efficient on the evening, going 14-of-23 from the field, including 4-of-8 from the three-point line. He showed the versatility that's made him one of the NBA's best players by adding 13 rebounds to go along with three assists and two blocks.
Russell Westbrook added 27 points, but was not nearly as effective as Durant, going 9-of-21 and just 1-of-4 from the arc. He added 11 assists, two steals and one block while committing just three turnovers. Oklahoma City (21-4) led by as many as 17 points, but Atlanta used a strong third quarter, when Josh Smith scored nine of his 17 points, to get the Hawks back in the game.
Jeff Teague had a team-high 19 points for Atlanta (15-8), who struggled from the field shooting at a 38.3 percent mark. They used a 42-32 scoring advantage in the paint to keep the game within reach. They also forced 16 turnovers for OKC and scored 17 points from those takeaways.