ATLANTA — Kevin Durant scored 29 points despite a sore ankle and Russell Westbrook hit a clinching 3-pointer, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 111-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Durant sprained his left ankle two nights earlier and wasn’t cleared to play until an hour before the game, but the NBA’s leading scorer turned in his usual performance. He came in averaging 28.4 points a game.
Westbrook hit the biggest shot of all. After Marvin Williams’ putback pulled the Hawks within 102-100, the man wearing zero took a pass from Durant, picked up a screen from Nick Collison and swished a wide-open jumper from behind the arc.
• Kevin Durant played through an ankle injury and scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Oklahoma City shot over 50 percent from the floor and 95 percent from the free throw line.
• Oklahoma City has won seven of its last nine against teams in the Eastern Conference, and improved to 16-6 against the conference overall. The Thunder have beaten the Hawks four straight times.
• The Hawks have lost five of their last eight games overall.
• Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, his third straight double-double. Newly acquired Kirk Hinrich scored 21 points.
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As he headed back down the court, Westbrook blew on both hands as though they were six-shooters and mimicked sticking them in his holster. He finished with 28 points.