Kevin Durant leads Thunder past Nets
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 13 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-99 on Wednesday night.
Dion Waiters had 16 points and Serge Ibaka contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in the Thunder’s third straight victory.
Durant, in his second game back from a hamstring injury, played a game-high 37 minutes and added six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.
Brook Lopez scored 26 points for the Nets, who had their three-game winning streak in Oklahoma City snapped. They were trying to join San Antonio as the only teams to win four straight games there.
The game was tied 10 times and the lead changed hands 14 times before Durant hit two 3-pointers and assisted on a third by Waiters to break an 85-all tie five minutes into the fourth quarter.
Durant and Waiters added two more 3s to stretch the lead to 13 and help the Thunder pull away down the stretch.
Thaddeus Young had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Nets. Rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 11 points and 11 boards.
Nets: Joe Johnson was just 2 for 11 for five points.
Thunder: Westbrook made his first appearance against the Nets since the 2012-13 season. He missed the previous four meetings due to injuries.
Nets: At Cleveland on Saturday night
Thunder: Host Detroit on Friday night.
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