NEW YORK – Finally, somebody stopped Kevin Durant: his coach.
Not that Durant cared. The only streak he cares about is still intact.
Durant’s 30-point run ended at 12 games when he scored 26 in just 30 minutes, but the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 10th in a row with a 120-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
“That’s the most important streak,” Durant said.
Serge Ibaka made all 12 shots and added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were so good that Durant sat the entire fourth quarter, the only way to slow him down right now.
Durant came out for good with 1:15 left in the third. Coach Scott Brooks didn’t bother asking the NBA’s leading scorer if he wanted to keep playing to extend the streak, saying he knew what the answer would be.
“If he cared about the streak, he should’ve never missed the two shots. That’s on him. Can’t blame it on me,” Brooks said.
Durant finished 10 of 12 from the field, though his scoring average during his sensational January dropped from 36.6 to 35.9. He had been streaking toward Tracy McGrady, who had the last longer streak when he scored 30 in 14 in a row in 2003.
“The streak was good while it lasted, but that’s the least of my concerns,” Durant said. “It’s easy for me to try to force it to keep the streak alive, but we needed this win because they beat us last time.”
Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 for Oklahoma City, on its longest winning streak since a 12-game run early in the 2012-13 season. The Thunder dominated the final three quarters in their 112-95 victory at Miami and picked up right where they left off in this one before a sellout crowd of 17,732 that included former President Bill Clinton.
They call this a landslide in his field.
Oklahoma City shot 63.6 percent (49 of 77), highest in the league this season, and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17. The Nets’ rebound total was the lowest in NBA history.
Shaun Livingston scored 16 points while drawing the impossible assignment of defending Durant for the Nets, who dropped their final two games to finish 10-3 in January.
Warriors 95, Jazz 90
In Salt Lake City, Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers in scoring a season-high 44 points, leading Golden State past Utah on a night the Jazz honored former coach Jerry Sloan.
Curry had 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors came from nine points behind to win on back-to-back nights.
Raptors 100, Nuggets 90
In Denver, DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 18 and the Raptors ended a decade-long drought in Denver by beating the short-handed Nuggets.
Magic 113, Bucks 102
In Orlando, Arron Afflalo scored 21 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and the Magic ran past struggling Milwaukee.
Grizzlies 94, T-Wolves 90
In Minneapolis, Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Memphis overcame another strong effort by Kevin Love to beat the Timberwolves.
Playing on a sore left ankle throughout the second half, Love led Minnesota with 28 points and 16 rebounds.
Hawks 125, 76ers 99
In Philadelphia, Mike Scott and Elton Brand scored 18 points apiece to lead seven Hawks in double figures and Atlanta routed the 76ers.
Mavericks 107, Kings 103
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points and the Mavericks held off Sacramento, handing the Kings their sixth straight loss.
Bobcats 110, Lakers 100
In Los Angeles, Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 18 boards to help Charlotte send the Lakers to their sixth straight defeat.