Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Bucks, 109-99

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013
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Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee. Epke Udoh had his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee has lost five of its last six and missed a chance to gain ground on the idle Boston Celtics in the East. Milwaukee is now three games back of the Celtics for the seventh seed.

The Bucks battled back from a horrible first-half shooting performance to go into the final quarter tied at 83. Milwaukee hit five 3-pointers in the third to battle back from a 10-point, first-half deficit.

Marquis Daniels' jumper with 8:39 left gave the Bucks that five-point lead that would be wiped out by the Thunder's closing run. Durant put the game out of reach with a 3-pointer with 2:47 remaining to put the Thunder up 10. Durant scored 11 points down the stretch.

"They took advantage of a couple miscues on our part," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "You can't fault our effort. My guys played hard."

Oklahoma City made 13 of its first 19 shots to go ahead 32-28 at the end of the first quarter. The Bucks kept the game tight in the second quarter until the Thunder went on an 11-2 run to lead by 11 with 3:28 left in the half. The Thunder went into the break with a 56-46 lead, with Durant, Westbrook and Martin combining for 41 points.

"It's just maturity," Westbrook said. "Our team did a great job of playing our game the right way."

Notes: Oklahoma City is 20-7 against the Eastern Conference. The Thunder went 12-5 in March, while Milwaukee finished with a 7-9 record. ... Larry Sanders picked up his league-leading 14th technical foul in the third quarter. ... Former 90's rap star Vanilla Ice performed at halftime. ... Milwaukee Brewers All-Stars Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks were attendance.