It was a triple double by Kevin Durant—only the 7th of his career—that helped lead the Thunder past the Hawks in a revenge game for the November 30th matchup. OKC led for most of the game thanks to a balanced scoring effort, with four players in double digits, and Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka scoring over 20.
The Thunder used this and a massive rebounding edge to win against Atlanta, 107-94. Durant led all scorers with 25.
The Thunder came out firing in the first half, scoring 35 in the first quarter and 25 in the second. They couldn’t quite keep up the offensive production in the second half, but this was probably because the pace slowed down quite a bit as each team settled into their defensive groove.
The OKC lead ballooned to 17 points at one juncture in the third quarter, but just like November 30th’s matchup against the Hawks, Atlanta clawed their way back in it. Fortunately, this time, the Thunder didn’t have one of their patented crunch time meltdowns.
Along with his 25 points, Durant pitched in 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Serge Ibaka had arguably his best game of the season so far, scoring 25 and grabbing 10 boards. Russell Westbrook finished 23 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds.
For the third straight game, the Thunder front line of Adams and Ibaka has contained all-star caliber big men. Al Horford and Paul Millsap, the Hawks’ two linchpins, were held to a combined 17 points on 5-19 shooting.
Next up for the Thunder: visiting the Jazz in Salt Lake City tonight. Tip-off is at 8 p.m.