OKLAHOMA CITY – The Portland Trail Blazers braced themselves for a late onslaught from Kevin Durant. They still failed to stop him.
The 206-cm forward scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
“When the basket is an ocean, you can’t really do much about it,” Portland guard Wesley Matthews said. “He’s been on a roll.”
Durant has scored at least 30 points for eight consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. He made 17 of 25 field goals, including 6 of 7 3-pointers.
“He did what he’s been doing the last two weeks,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “You look up, he’s hitting 50 and 45 and 50 again and 40 and up. We knew coming in that he’s been shooting the ball well.”
Reggie Jackson added 15 points for Oklahoma City (32-10), which took a one-game lead over the Blazers in the Northwest Division.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 16 rebounds, but he went 1-for-8 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Portland made just one field goal in the final 3:45.
“Total team effort,” Durant said. “We didn’t get discouraged after they hit tough shots and we missed shots, and we got a good win.”
Matthews added 21 points for the Blazers (31-11), who lost their last two games of a four-game road trip.
Oklahoma City held Lillard to 14 points, well below his average of 21.4 points per game.
Heat 93, Celtics 86
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Nets 101, Magic 90
In New York, Andray Blatche came off the bench and had a team-high 18 points and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 14 points as the Nets beat Orlando for their eighth win in nine games.
Kings 114, Pelicans 97
In New Orleans, Rudy Gay tied a career high with 41 points, and Sacramento cruised to a victory over the Pelicans.
Timberwolves 112, Jazz 97
In Salt Lake City, Kevin Love had 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help Minnesota run past Utah and sweep a home-and-home set.