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Thunder pound Nets; Durant's streak comes to an end

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant's streak of 30-plus points finally came to an end at 12 games, but he, Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder still left Barclays Center with a 120-95 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Durant scored 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the first half but put up just three shots the rest of the way, sitting the entire fourth quarter with the game well in hand. He finished with 26 points and seven assists, completing January as the first player since Michael Jordan in March of 1987 to record at least 550 points and 90 assists in a month.

"I guess you can say that in the last 12 or 13 games, I'm the only one who can stop him from scoring 30," joked OKC head coach Scott Brooks.

Ibaka, meanwhile, shot 12-of-12 from the floor for 25 points, falling just two shots shy of Gary Payton's Thunder/SuperSonics franchise record of 14 shots without a miss set on Jan. 5, 2005.

Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha added 14 points apiece in Oklahoma City's 10th straight triumph. The Thunder shot a sizzling 63.6 percent from the floor and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17.

The Nets' 17 rebounds set an NBA record for fewest in a single game.

"We have to look at what we can do to get better for tomorrow," said Nets coach Jason Kidd.

Shaun Livingston had 16 points to pace Brooklyn, while Deron Williams netted 14 off the bench.

The Nets never had a chance in this one. Durant made sure of it.

After Livingston stripped the MVP candidate at mid-court and coasted in for a dunk to cut the Thunder's lead to 17-16 just past the midway mark of the opening frame, Durant and Ibaka combined to score the final 13 points of the period. Brooklyn was held without a point over the final 4:57 of the first.

"We got confidence early on from our defense," said Durant. "Everybody chipped in."

Durant checked back in after a short rest early in the second, hit a technical free throw and set up Perry Jones III for a triple that extended the margin to 44-21.

After Ibaka followed a Durant three with a one-handed slam with 3:07 left in the first half, Oklahoma City had doubled Brooklyn's score at 56-28. The lead grew to 31 points on another Durant trey late in the period, and the Thunder owned a commanding 63-38 halftime advantage.

Brooklyn did everything it could to stop Durant from reaching the 30-point plateau, doubling him on every touch in the third quarter. He managed just three shots in the frame, a pair of alley-oops which he converted and a missed jumper.

Jeremy Lamb made all four shots he took in the fourth, scoring 10 of his 12 points over the final 12 minutes as the Thunder coasted to the finish line.

Game Notes

Durant only failed to score 30 points three times in January, but twice against Brooklyn ... The last player with 14 games of 30-plus points in a month was Kobe Bryant in February of 2003 ... The Thunder outscored Brooklyn 58-30 in the paint and held the Nets without a second chance point ... Brooklyn forward Andrei Kirilenko missed the contest with a sore right calf.

02/01 00:16:51 ET

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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
 
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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
 
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y= clinched division title
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