By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City beat the Hawks 100-92 in Atlanta Wednesday night, extending a 12-game win streak and improving to 21-4 on the season. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Sensing an Atlanta comeback, with momentum squarely on the Hawks side, Kevin Durant took over in the fourth quarter. He was KD Clutch and then some, adding another spectacular chapter to his cold-blooded résumé. In the final 12 minutes, Durant went for 18 points (on 6/9 shooting) and five rebounds, squashing Atlanta’s initial hope and then ending all doubt.
It was over when…
…KD did this to Kyle Korver
Star of the game – Kevin Durant
Just a spectacular performance. Not much more to say about it. Durant scored a season-high 41 points on only 23 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
The Thunder’s current 12-game win streak is the franchise’s best since moving to Oklahoma City.
Rising – Jeremy Lamb’s confidence
In the second most surprising development of the game (I mean, Hasheem Thabeet did drill a 12-footer), Scott Brooks gave Jeremy Lamb some extended playing time in the first half. And the rookie looked good. Lamb went 2/3 for five points in five smooth minutes, showing off his silky jumper that makes him such an asset moving forward. And he looked supremely confident for such a young guy.
Stat of the game
The Thunder is now 11-1 when both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant score 20 or more points. They both hit that number mid-way through the third Wednesday night.
“I call him Bo Jackson with a basketball” -Hawks announcer (and NBA legend) Dominique Wilkins on Russell Westbrook
Video of the game
This has to be in Westbrook’s top five dunks ever, right?
The Thunder go for 13 straight against a young and athletic Timberwolves team Thursday night in Minnesota. The two have developed a mini-rivalry the past few seasons, with dramatic games followed up by playful trash-talking. Tip is at 6 p.m. on TNT.