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Durant leads OKC into showdown with Spurs

(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant is on a tear.

The NBA's leading scorer with 30.9 points per game will try to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to another victory over the San Antonio Spurs when the two Western powers collide Wednesday in the Alamo City.

Durant has scored 30 or more points in each of his last eight games, averaging 39.3 ppg in that time, and dropped 46 points on Portland in a 105-97 victory on Tuesday. He made 17-of-25 shots and sank 6-of-7 3-pointers for the Thunder, who shot 48.3 percent for the game and received 15 points from Reggie Jackson.

Serge Ibaka and Derek Fisher both had 10 points in the win, as the Thunder pulled away at the end and fended off a Blazers rally.

"We didn't give up," OKC center Kendrick Perkins said. "The time we went down five, we had to get a stop and we did it. I just felt like we're growing. You can tell on the defensive end. They hit some shots. Portland is a good team, and they make shots. We started making them miss."

Durant, meanwhile, has compiled 130 points over his last three games.

The Thunder have won four in a row and will also visit Boston and Philadelphia on their three-game road trip. Oklahoma City will play six of seven games on the road and has a 13-7 mark as the visitor.

San Antonio has won seven of its last eight games and recorded a 110-82 victory over the lowly Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Patty Mills had 20 points and seven assists, Tim Duncan added 11 points and 13 rebounds and Marco Belinelli netted 14 points in the win.

The Spurs shot 56.6 percent from the field, made 11-of-18 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Bucks, 55-37. They limited Milwaukee to a 37.5 percent (33-of-88) clip from the field.

"It's the way they play," said Bucks guard Gary Neal, who spent the first three years of his career in San Antonio. "They move the ball. They make the right play, and they hit the open shot."

Spurs guard Tony Parker missed the game with a bruised shin and is probable Wednesday versus the Thunder. He is averaging 17.9 points per game.

The Spurs have scored 100-plus points in 12 straight games, the longest stretch since turning the trick in 13 consecutive games back in 1995-96. They are 27-6 when hitting the century mark this season.

After hosting the Thunder, San Antonio, which is 17-6 in the Alamo City, will play three straight on the road against Atlanta, Miami and Houston.

San Antonio has lost the first two meetings with Oklahoma City this season and is winless in the past three matchups between the clubs. The Thunder have dropped 13 of 16 games at the Spurs.

01/22 10:31:35 ET

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Charlotte944th Qtr 0:50 | Box
Miami97TV: TNT, SunSports, SpSouth
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Portland 4/23 9:30 PM ET
Houston NBA TV, FSN-SW, KTXA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
4th
MIA 97
CHA 94
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
8th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
8th
CLE 4
KAN 3
 
8th
WAS 1
ANA 3
 
7th
TOR 7
BAL 10
 
8th
DET 4
CWS 6
 
6th
TAM 3
MIN 4
 
6th
BOS 4
NYY 1
 
7th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
6th
MIL 5
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
4th
MIA 97
CHA 94
 
3rd
SAN 53
DAL 56
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
2nd
DAL 2
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1