Thunder 101, Bucks 85

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Forward Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the OKLAHOMA CITY Thunder to a 101-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Bucks took a 54-52 advantage with 5:30 left in the third quarter as all of the energy had seemingly been sapped out of the building.

But OKLAHOMA CITY (28-9) responded with a 25-8 run to close out the third quarter and settle the game back down at 77-62.

Guard OJ Mayo caught fire in the fourth and got the bucks to within seven points of the Thunder. But they didn't have enough to get any closer. Durant, guard Jeremy Lamb and guard Derek Fisher pushed the lead back to double digits where it stayed.

Durant shot only 8-for-18 from the field but was 15-of-17 from the free throw line to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists. He has scored 30-plus points in four of his last five games.

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka added 17 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots. guard Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 17 points.

Guards Luke Ridnour and Mayo each scored 16 points for the Bucks (7-29). Brandon Knight and forward Giannis Antetokounmp added 13 points.

NOTES: Milwaukee inserted F Khris Middleton into starting in place of instead of G Luke Ridnour. Coach Larry Drew said he was matching up with the OKLAHOMA CITY's front line, but also looking to get his second year player more involved. "Before he came out of the starting lineup, he was playing well," Drew said. "He was doing some real good things for us. Coming off the bench, I think his numbers are down." ... OKLAHOMA CITY F Kevin Durant said he had been shooting too much the last few games. Coach Scott Brooks didn't agree. "The one thing I love about Kevin, he cares about his teammates," Brooks said. "He wants to make sure everybody is involved. Shooting too much? I wouldn't label him as a guy that's taken too many shots." ... Before the game, Thunder G Russell Westbrook stopped to talk to 85-year old Rose Thompson. Thompson is part of the "Wish of a Life Time" program and her senior wish was to attend her first ever Thunder game.

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