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Mr. Clutch? Durant's late passes carry OKC past Hawks

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: February 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm •  Published: February 3, 2010

e next few possessions, however, defined his night.

Rather than take a 3-pointer from the left wing with the defense flying at him, Durant rattled the Hawks’ rotation even more by swinging the ball to Jeff Green in the corner. Green coolly buried the 3-pointer to push the lead to 100-93 with 1:42 remaining.

On the next possession, after a Josh Smith layup, Durant recognized Hawks guard Jamal Crawford leaving Russell Westbrook and teaming with Joe Johnson to double team him. Durant found a cutting Russell Westbrook, who converted a layup to give the Thunder a 102-95 lead with 1:15 left to play.

"He’s not forcing anything,” said Green. "I think that’s him maturing and him just taking what the defense gives him.”

Durant has spent the past few weeks working with assistant coach Brian Keefe on finding the open man.

"The last couple of games, we weren’t getting results like we wanted to,” Durant said. "But me and Russell continue to be patient and it worked for us tonight.”