Oklahoma City (16-4) was in control for most of the game, leading by as many as 15, but Shelvin Mack hit a jumper with 2:06 remaining in the game to bring the Hawks (11-11) to within three. Russell Westbrook drove baseline for a reverse layup on the ensuing possession to put the Thunder back up by five, and they never looked back.
Durant's stat line didn't come without blemishes. The superstar missed four total free throws and several shots down the stretch to give the Hawks life late. He finished just 9-of-21 from the field and was 1-of-3 from beyond the arc while adding 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Serge Ibaka notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder had 17 turnovers that helped to keep the Hawks within striking distance and shot a dismal 22.2 percent from the three-point line. They mitigated those deficiencies by outscoring Atlanta in the paint, 38-28.
Paul Milsap led the way for the Hawks, finishing with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Mack and Jeff Teague added 17 points apiece, with 10 of Mack's total coming in the final frame.