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Friday, December 6th (All times Eastern)

Oklahoma City Thunder (13-4) at New Orleans Pelicans (9-9), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder stepped up to every challenge this season except their last game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Thunder look to restore that reputation Friday, when they face what could be an easy test against the New Orleans Pelicans in the finale of a three-game road trip.

Oklahoma City had an eight-game winning streak halted with Wednesday's 111-104 setback at Portland and the momentum changed when the Trail Blazers used a 15-4 run in the third quarter. Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer at 28.5 points per game, finished with 33 on 11-of-23 shooting and also grabbed seven rebounds.

"We battled all the way till the end, we just couldn't close it out," Durant said.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points, Serge Ibaka ended with 13 and 10 rebounds and Reggie Jackson netted 12 points off the bench. Jeremy Lamb scored 10 in a reserve role for the Thunder, who had a 26-4 advantage in fastbreak points and sit two games behind the Blazers for the Northwest Division lead.

OKC is 4-4 away from home and is in the midst of playing five of six games on the road. The Thunder are 2-1 this season in games following a loss and have a remarkable 34-8 record in those situations since 2011-12.

The Pelicans had won three in a row and six of eight games until opening a four-game homestand with Wednesday's 100-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 26 points and handed out nine assists, while Al-Farouq Aminu posted 16 points and 21 rebounds. New Orleans was coming off a three-game road sweep of Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. The win over the Bulls needed three overtime periods.

"We had a chance at the end," said Aminu, whose 20-foot jumper was off the mark toward the end. "If the ball goes a different way, we may have won. It's a hard game after coming off the road, but I think we fought."

Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, who shot 40.4 percent for the game and fell to 5-4 in the Crescent City. Anderson missed long on a 3-point attempt in the waning seconds and is averaging a career-high and team leading 22.1 points per game.

New Orleans still has Detroit and Memphis to entertain on the homestand.

The Pelicans and Thunder will play the first of three matchups between the teams on Friday. Oklahoma City took all four meetings in this series last season and has won eight straight and 12 of the previous 13 encounters.

Oklahoma City has won three straight and five of its last six trips to the Big Easy.

12/06 10:26:21 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CHI 5
CAR 1
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
Final
MIN 105
LAC 110
 
4th
DAL 91
NOP 85
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
2nd
ALAAM 68
TXSOU 73
 
2nd
VT 51
BC 59
 
2nd
MVSU 57
GRAM 55
 
2nd
ISU 54
OKLA 52
 
2nd
ALAST 56
PVU 61
 
2nd
ARKPB 39
JST 30
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
3rd
CHI 5
CAR 1
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0