NEW YORK - Tracy McGrady's dazzling Knicks debut couldn't stop the surging Oklahoma City Thunder, who got 36 points from Kevin Durant and beat New York, 121-118, in overtime Saturday night to stretch its winning streak to eight games.
Durant made the go-ahead jumper with 16 seconds left in his 27th consecutive game with at least 25 points, the longest streak since Allen Iverson’s run of 27 games from Jan. 12 to March 9, 2001. The last longer streak was by Michael Jordan in 40 straight in the 1986-87 season.
McGrady scored 26 points in his first game since the Knicks acquired him Thursday at the trade deadline. But he was on the bench for almost all of overtime, perhaps exhausted after playing 32 minutes in his first action since December.
Russell Westbrook finished with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the longest winning streak for the franchise since a nine-game run by the Seattle SuperSonics early in the 2004-05 season. Jeff Green had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
David Lee had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their sixth straight.