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January 12, 2014

Oklahoma City comes on strong late to top Milwaukee

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka added 17 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots. Lamb came off the bench to score 17 points. Guard Reggie Jackson was held to 2 points.

“I am proud of Lambo (Lamb) and how he came out,” Durant said. “He was struggling with his shot. He came out tonight super aggressive. He ignited us a little bit off the bench.”

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

“I was very excited to play against Durant,” Anteokounmpo said. “We played hard. I think people can feel it and see that we played hard. We have to just keep trying.”

Milwaukee was dealt a big blow midway through the second quarter when center Larry Sanders was given a Flagrant 2 foul after throwing an elbow at center Steven Adams’ throat. His night ended with four rebounds, no points and one blocked shot.

“It is disturbing,” Drew said of Sanders’ flagrant foul pattern. “He just has to be smarter. You can’t get baited, or seduced into that type of activity.”

The biggest scare of the night came when Durant went up to block a shot and was unintentionally undercut by guard Reggie Jackson. After lying on the ground surrounded by teammates for several minutes he went to the bench. He returned after the timeout and hit seven of his next nine shots.

“That fall woke me up,” Durant said.

 

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