OKLAHOMA CITY —
“I told the team after Perk hit that shot that I saw something at the top of they key,” Durant said. “Batum is a long defender, but he was giving me some space. I just needed a little bit of space to get my shot off. I felt good from the 3-point line all game.”
Along with his 46 points, Durant added five rebounds and four assists. Jackson posted 15 points and seven rebounds while guard Derek Fisher came off the bench to score 10 points.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge paced Portland with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Wesley Matthews added 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting.
With the win, the Thunder (32-10) took the lead in the Northwest Division from the Blazers (32-10).
Despite 15 first-quarter points from Durant, the Blazers held a 27-21 advantage heading into the second period.
Ibaka and Jackson started to knock down shots in the second quarter to close the gap on Portland. But it was guard Thabo Sefolosha who hit a jumper with 8.3 seconds left to give Oklahoma City its first lead of the contest.
However, guard Damian Lillard took it right back when he drove the court and made a layup to close out the first half with the Blazers leading 52-51.
Portland maintained the lead and control of the contest until Durant decided it was time to take over. Portland had no answers at that point.
“I am just having fun out there,” Durant said. “I am blessed to play this game. So every moment I am on this court, it’s fun for me, no matter how the game is going. You go to the bench and see your teammates are actually happy for you. All I could do is smile ’cause I know they are genuinely happy for me.”
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