“You have nights when you don’t make shots, but you can’t have nights when you don’t play defense,” said Westbrook, who had 11 assists.
I take pride in defending every single night and trying to help my team win games.”
Led by Mack, who went 3 of 5 from 3-point range, the Hawks closed to 95-92 with just over 2 minutes remaining. The home team didn’t score again, missing its final four shots.
“Shelvin Mack gave us a great lift. He made some big shots,” Teague said. “We just didn’t have enough at the end.”
Reggie Jackson hit two difficult shots in the final minute of the third quarter after the Hawks sliced into Oklahoma City’s 15-point lead — first with the shot clock running down, then a fadeaway just ahead of the buzzer to end the period. The Thunder went to the fourth up 76-68.
Jackson finished with 13 points. Serge Ibaka chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver missed three shots beyond the arc in the first half, but knocked down a 3-pointer early on in the third quarter to extend his record streak with at least one trey to 91 games in a row. In the previous game, Korver broke the mark set by Dana Barros from 1994-96.
“There were a couple of stretches where we just couldn’t get good shots,” Korver said. “We all know we have room to grow. We’ve got to get better, but we can get better.”
NOTES: Thunder G Thabo Sefolosha did not play after spraining his right knee in Sunday’s victory over the Pacers. Andre Roberson made his second start of the season and had two points and five rebounds. ... The Hawks’ biggest lead was two points. ... Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins was called for a flagrant foul in the third quarter when he whacked Teague across the chin and neck as the Hawks guard drove for the basket. ... Millsap had 12 rebounds, while Horford added 10. ... The announced attendance was 12,503, but the upper deck behind each basket was largely empty.
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