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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 41 points, game-winner in OKC's win over Hawks

Kevin Durant scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-109 Monday night for their eighth straight victory.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 27, 2014

Kevin Durant just keeps on finding ways to outdo himself.

One night it’s a triple-double.

The next it’s a game-winner.

It’s been that type of month for the Thunder star, and each performance leaves you wondering what on earth he’ll do next.

Durant scored 13 of his game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter Monday night and nailed the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Thunder to a comeback 111-109 win over Atlanta inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

It was the Thunder’s eighth straight win.

It was Durant’s fifth 40-point game this month and extended his streak of 30-plus point games to 11.

“There are very few people in the world who have the ability to do what he’s doing,” said Thunder forward Nick Collison. “He’s playing great, the best I’ve ever seen him play.”

This time, the Thunder needed every drop of Durant’s magic to overcome a shorthanded but upset-minded Hawks squad.

Atlanta came to town missing its two best players, center Al Horford, who is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, and point guard Jeff Teague, who missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle.

Still, the Hawks gave the Thunder all it could handle, coming out hot from 3-point range, hitting eight of their first 11 from that distance and nearly maintaining that blistering pace throughout against a lethargic Thunder defense.

Thanks to the Thunder’s inability to get stops, the Hawks surprisingly held the led for all but one minute, 24 seconds.

“The first 31/2 quarters, we did not have the defensive intensity to consistently give ourselves a chance to get a stop,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Atlanta owned the lead from 3-2 until Durant hit a pull-up jumper over DeMarre Carroll with 25.5 seconds remaining.

After Hawks forward Paul Millsap scored a driving layup three seconds later, Durant delivered with his deadliest bucket this season.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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