“We struggled a little bit early, turning the ball over a lot. But he was able to step up and make enough plays to keep us right there going into the half,” said Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison. “And in the third quarter, he just took the game over.”
Durant became the latest star to swat away the Nets during their forgettable season. New Jersey’s league-worst record fell to 2-29 despite a career-high tying 29 points from Yi Jianlian. Oklahoma City held New Jersey to 13 points in the final period and 39.5 percent shooting in the second half after the Nets shot 51.4 percent in the first 24 minutes.
The Thunder, meanwhile, moved to 16-14, winning three straight for the first time this season. It was also OKC’s eighth road win, tying last year’s total for road victories.
“We have a long way to go,” Durant said. “We still have a lot of slip-ups in games but we’re getting better and hopefully we peak at the right time.” Box score from Monday's game