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Saturday, January 11th (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (7-28) at Oklahoma City Thunder (27-9), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer at 29.5 points per game, has posted 78 points in his last two games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost both of those games and will try to bounce back Saturday versus the league's worst team, the Milwaukee Bucks, at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Durant dropped 48 points on the Utah Jazz in a loss on Tuesday, then scored 30 points in a 101-88 setback at Denver two nights later. He has posted 20-plus points in 10 straight games. Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the recent loss for the Thunder, who shot a miserable 35.3 percent for the game and made only 6-of-24 3-pointers.

Oklahoma City was outscored, 62-40, in the second and third quarters combined and lost for the fourth time in six tries.

"I thought our third quarter, offensively, we took too many bad shots," OKC head coach Scott Brooks said. "Shots that were not generated from a pass and when we rely on that, it's hard to make those shots consistently."

Brooks' squad has lost two in a row on three different occasions this season and hasn't tasted defeat in three straight games since last Feb. 12-20. The Thunder look to build on their 15-3 home mark Saturday and are 10-2 against teams from the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee has lost four in a row and will play its next two games on the road against Oklahoma City and Toronto.

The Bucks' latest loss was an 81-72 defeat versus the Chicago Bulls, as both Ersan Ilyasova and Luke Ridnour scored 14 points and O.J. Mayo led the squad with 16 off the bench.

Brandon Knight had 12 points for the Bucks, who made 31.8 percent from the floor and have an NBA-worst 7-28 record. Chicago outscored Milwaukee 27-9 from the free-throw line.

"Going down the stretch you have to make plays and we did not make plays," said Bucks head coach Larry Drew. "We forced a couple shots down the stretch and it probably wasn't the best selection on some shots, but you have to make plays."

John Henson missed his sixth straight game for the Bucks with a sprained left ankle and is questionable Saturday.

The Bucks have a 4-14 record outside the Bradley Center this season.

Milwaukee lost the first meeting with Oklahoma City, 92-79, on Nov. 16 in Brew City, as Durant posted 24 points in that one. Mayo netted 22 points for the Bucks, who have lost nine of 12 and 17 of the last 21 road meetings in this series.

01/11 11:24:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
4th
CHA 101
GSW 104
 
2nd
UF 33
UNC 43
 
1st
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
4th
CHA 101
GSW 104
 
3rd
TOR 52
DAL 64
 
4th
DET 69
MIL 79
 
4th
ATL 72
NOP 58
 
Half
HOU 44
LAC 56
 
Half
OKC 59
NYK 33
 
Half
IND 47
ORL 45
 
2nd
SAN 41
SAC 36
 
1st
DEN 15
PHO 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 6
 
1st
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
Final
FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
 
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
Final
CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
Final
SYR 72
HC 48
 
Final
MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 55
TENST 54
 
2nd
MARS 32
CLST 43
 
2nd
JST 38
HOF 49
 
2nd
INDST 34
MEM 48
 
2nd
UF 33
UNC 43
 
2nd
LATU 39
SAMF 35
 
2nd
TULA 58
SELA 49
 
2nd
NEB 54
TENNM 44
 
Half
MISS 31
CREI 37
 
Half
PORT 30
MURST 29
 
1st
MARQ 9
MSU 8
 
1st
ARK 14
UNT 11
 
1st
NCOL 17
STET 11
 
1st
IND 11
UNCG 9
 
1st
SJST 5
WMICH 15
 
1st
MNTST 11
TXARL 8
 
9:30pm Tonight
UVA
LAS
9:30pm Tonight
STLU
MSST
9:30pm Tonight
COLST
PAC
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
NDAK
10:30pm Tonight
ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
3rd
NJD 4
DET 3
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
3rd
CLB 0
VAN 3
 
3rd
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
MIN 2