Then, beyond the two stars, OKC got another pair of steady and increasingly reliable performances from Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. Ibaka finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, already his 10th double-double of the season.
And Jackson was once again great off the bench, taking over offensively in important spurts and flashing his improved jumper. He's now hit a 3-pointer in eight consecutive games, easily a career-long streak.
“He's expected to do that,” Durant said of Jackson. “It's really not a surprise of him coming out and playing well.”
And once again, coming off the heels of a domination of the Pacers on Sunday, OKC showed off its defensive prowess.
The Hawks, a top-10 team in the league in field-goal percentage, shot a woeful 35 percent from the field. It's the third consecutive game a Thunder opponent has shot 40 percent or less.
“It's the basketball I know we can play,” Kendrick Perkins said. “And we're playing it. We're playing agenda-free basketball. You could just tell everyone was playing for one another.”