Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 31 to keep streak going as Thunder beats Jazz

Kevin Durant scored at least 25 points for the 38th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 straight games for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 30, 2014

In a game that had little competitive feel, Utah was quietly putting together a mild threat.

The Jazz had scored 27 points in the final six minutes of the third quarter on Sunday, quickly slicing a 28-point Thunder lead to 12.

It wasn’t danger time in Oklahoma City. But it was about time to put the foot back on the gas pedal.

And who better than Kevin Durant. As the third-quarter clock ticked down, the MVP frontrunner splashed in a contested 3-pointer, lifting the lead back to 15 and shifting momentum back to OKC for good. Final: Thunder 116, Jazz 96.

“It was tough,” Jazz forward Marvin Williams said of the shot. “It was a big three. It almost took the wind out of your sails.”

“They understand the moment,” Jazz coach Ty Corbin added. “They tend to make big plays at big moments and Durant is certainly one of the best in the league at doing it.”

Because of that shot — and the bench’s ability to stretch the lead in the fourth quarter — Durant didn’t have to play another second. And to extend his remarkable streak to 38 straight games of 25-plus points, he didn’t need to.

Durant turned in another efficient masterpiece on Sunday afternoon, burning the Jazz for 31 points and nine assists in 29 minutes. In the past two games — both Thunder blowouts — Durant has compiled 60 points on 18-of-24 shooting, 7-of-10 from three and 17-of-17 from the free-throw line.

But beyond Durant’s consistent dominance, this Thunder win was about defense.

OKC set the tone in the first quarter, stifling the Jazz with an energized and engaged effort.

Nine minutes into the game, Utah was 2-of-18 shooting. Eleven minutes in, the Jazz only had seven points. At the end of the first quarter, their leading scorer had two and they trailed 26-9.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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