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Durant gets 31, Thunder beat Grizzlies

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant began a new scoring streak and helped the Oklahoma City Thunder get back in the win column.

Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and the Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 86-77 on Monday night.

Durant scored 26 points in his last two games after registering at least 30 in 12 straight outings. He finished 11-of-21 from the floor for the Thunder, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Washington.

Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 12 boards in the win.

"I thought we did a good job of playing tough defensive basketball. Sometimes you have to play different styles to get a win," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said.

Zach Randolph netted 13 points to go with 13 rebounds for Memphis, which had its six-game winning streak halted.

Grizzlies point guard and leading scorer Mike Conley missed his second straight game due to an ankle sprain.

Memphis trailed by as many as 17 in the first half, but whittled the deficit to 74-71 a little before the midway point of the fourth quarter when Mike Miller nailed a 3-pointer and sunk a pair of free throws on consecutive trips down the floor.

OKC, though, countered with a 9-2 spurt a few minutes later to put the game away.

Durant hit a jumper, Thabo Sefolosha knocked down a left wing 3 and Durant's steal and coast-to-coast layup got him to 31 points, capping the swing and extending the margin to 85-75 with 2:54 to go.

Earlier, the Thunder led 20-18 after the first quarter and began to pull away during the latter stages of the first half.

James Johnson's putback dunk gave the Grizzlies a 32-31 edge midway through the second, but OKC answered with a 20-2 run. Durant, who had 10 points during the surge, capped it with the final six points, including a pair of driving layups to help the Thunder open up a 51-34 advantage. OKC led 51-36 at the break.

"The second half was much better than the first. We played from too far behind," Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said. "It was very difficult for us because when you try to come back you have a very small margin for error."

Game Notes

OKC has won seven straight home games ... Memphis still has won eight of its last 12 against the Thunder, including the postseason ... OKC outrebounded Memphis 44-35.

02/04 00:59:27 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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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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DUR 0
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
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CLE 2
TOR 4
 
4th
DET 1
ANA 1
 
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NYM 2
ATL 0
 
6th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
3rd
PIT 0
MIL 0
 
3rd
WAS 0
STL 1
 
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NYY 0
 
1st
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MIN 2
 
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CHC 0
CIN 0
 
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TEX
CWS
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OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
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ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
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7:05pm Tonight
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BAL
3rd
SAN 46
DAL 49
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
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POR
3rd
NYR 2
PHI 3
 
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BOS
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TAM
10:00pm Tonight
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NOR 1
DUR 0