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Durant's late bucket helps Thunder edge Hawks

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant had little trouble hitting the 30-point mark again.

It was much tougher getting his Oklahoma City Thunder over the hump.

Durant had 41 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 1.5 seconds left, as the Thunder rallied for a 111-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Durant, who was 15-of-25 from the floor, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and 6-of-8 from the foul line, has scored 30-or-more points in 11 straight games. It is the longest such streak since Tracy McGrady scored 30-or-more in 14 consecutive contests in March and April of 2003.

"There's nothing more to say," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said of Durant. "He's a special player. He's going to be an MVP candidate until he decides to retire. He's an amazing teammate, which I'm as proud of that, as he is as a player. He cares about the game. He cares about his team. He cares about Oklahoma City. He's just a great ambassador, not only to our team but the league and to the basketball world."

OKC trailed by eight at the start of the fourth, but Durant's step-back jumper over DeMarre Carroll with 25.5 ticks on the clock gave the Thunder their first lead, 109-107, since it was 2-0 in the early going.

Paul Millsap drove in for a game-tying layup at the other end with 22.3 seconds to go.

Durant received a pass from Reggie Jackson near the top of the arc with about seven seconds left and quickly got a step on Carroll with the right-handed dribble. Durant then pulled up from the right elbow and swished in the jumper before a pair of Hawks players were able to converge on him.

"I couldn't ask for a better executed play," Brooks said.

Atlanta was unable to get a final shot off.

Durant had OKC's final seven points.

Jackson added 18 points and five assists for the Thunder, who have won eight consecutive games.

Millsap registered 23 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta, which has dropped two of its last three tilts.

"Our group really competed tonight," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I think their commitment to each other and their commitment to playing the way we want to play is excellent."

Durant's right-wing triple with 9:36 remaining gave him 31 points and his three-point play a bit later pulled the Thunder within 99-96 a little before the midway point of the fourth.

Back-to-back Hawks buckets by Millsap and Shelvin Mack extended the lead back to 103-96, but Jackson capped an 8-2 spurt with a 3-pointer to claw OKC within 105-104 with 4:18 to play.

A few minutes later, Durant's driving layup knotted the contest at 107-107 with 2:11 left.

Mack nailed three of Atlanta's first four triples in the opening four-plus minutes as the Hawks raced out to a 12-3 advantage.

Atlanta hit five 3-pointers in all in the first quarter as the visitors took a 32-26 advantage into the second.

Durant, who had seven points in the opening stanza, nailed seven straight shots after missing his first two from the floor. His pull-up trey at the first-half buzzer, however, was off the mark and Atlanta headed into break with a 57-50 cushion.

Durant tallied 18 points in the first half and added 10 more in the third, but Atlanta took an 87-79 margin into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Thunder shot 52.4 percent (43-of-82) from the field and 52 percent (13- of-25) from beyond the arc ... The Hawks held a 56-38 points in the paint advantage ... Atlanta was 11-of-12 from the foul line ... Serge Ibaka had six of the Thunder's 10 blocks.

01/28 00:52:12 ET

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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
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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
 
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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
Final
PIT 7
MIL 8
Final
NYM 5
ATL 7
Final
TAM 16
NYY 1
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
Final
TEX 6
CWS 3
Final
LOS 8
ARI 6
Final
COL 3
PHI 1
Final
SDP 3
SFG 1
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
 
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
ATL
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
SEA
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
WAS
STL
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
NYY
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
Final
OKC 100
MEM 86
1:00pm Today
SAN
DAL
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
Final
PIT 3
CLB 4
Final
COL 4
MIN 2
12:00pm Today
NYR
PHI
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR