Basketball

Another big night for Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Green added 19 points and two key baskets down the stretch, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after letting a 13-point lead slip away to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 106-99, on Tuesday night.

Durant became the first player since Allen Iverson nine seasons ago to score at least 25 points in 22 consecutive games and came up big down the stretch.

Fans started chanting “M-V-P!” as Durant made two free throws with 9.6 seconds left to complete a perfect 14-for-14 night at the foul line. Durant, who came in averaging 29.6 points, closed in on NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony (29.7) but would have needed three more points to pass him.

With Atlanta within two, Durant hit jumpers on back-to-back possessions to make it 97-93, then provided assists on a 3-pointer by Green and a layup by Russell Westbrook.

Joe Johnson scored 37 points and helped Atlanta rally back to tie it after trailing by 13 late in the third quarter. Josh Smith added 15 points and Al Horford scored 14 for the Hawks, who fell out of first place in the Southeast Division with a loss to Orlando on Saturday.

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