OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant’s rare streak of games with least 25 points continued, and San Antonio’s run of 19 straight wins came to a halt.
Another streak might mean more than both of them — Oklahoma City’s season sweep. Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook scored 27 to help the Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night in a showdown of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City won all four games against the Spurs this season, and this was the most lopsided result.
“That’s a big thing,” Westbrook said. “When you have a team that’s a good basketball team — they’re the No. 1 team in the West, and we want to be the best team, you’ve got to beat the best. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”
Serge Ibaka added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who trail San Antonio by three games with eight remaining.
Durant scored at least 25 points for the 39th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times during the 1986-87 season. He reached 25 on a free throw with 3:31 remaining, drawing a roar from the crowd.
“That was a cool feeling,” Durant said. “I don’t want to take those moments for granted. It’s not what I’m really playing the game for, but it is still cool to see that support from such great fans, no matter what.”
Durant can match Jordan’s mark, the longest such streak in the past 50 years, Friday in Houston.
“That’s a lot of games to be scoring 25 points in a row,” Westbrook said. “You can’t just not think about that. That’s an unbelievable stat. I think he may just finish the season doing that. He does that in his sleep.”
The Thunder shot 59 percent in the second half to pull away. Oklahoma City scored 30 points off San Antonio’s 19 turnovers.
“Too many turnovers led to too many points, and that’s the ballgame,” San Antonio guard Danny Green said. “If we changed that, it’s probably a totally different game.”
Mavericks 113, Clippers 107
In Los Angeles, the Mavericks built a 12-point lead with 2:50 to play, gave away all but two points of it, and still managed to hang on.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and Jose Calderon added 19 in the win over the Clippers, the Mavericks’ first against Los Angeles this season.
Blake Griffin had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first triple-double of the season for the Clippers, who had won 17 of their previous 19, including four straight. They beat the Mavs in their first three meetings of the season, coming from behind each time.
A night earlier, Los Angeles came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Phoenix on the road, clinching their second straight Pacific Division title and third consecutive playoff berth.
The Clippers nearly pulled it off again.
Trailing by 12 points, Los Angeles scored 10 in a row, including six by Darren Collison, to trail 109-107 with 1:26 left. The Mavericks missed four straight shots and had a turnover before Griffin fouled Nowitzki near mid-court.
“The win was nice; not so much the last couple of minutes,” Nowitzki said. “We started giving the ball away again. (J.J.) Redick made some shots to actually give them the lead, which is unbelievable after we just had a 10-point lead. But I’m glad we survived.”