Without Westbrook, Thunder Hold Off Bobcats
With guard Russell Westbrook sitting out after undergoing arthroscopic surgery, the Oklahoma City Thunder held off Charlotte for an 89-85 win in Charlotte on Friday night.
Five Thunder players scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant, who scored 14 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter.
Durant added 12 rebounds and six assists.
OKC led by double digits in the third quarter and appeared to be on their way to an easy win when the Bobcats responded with a 12-0 run to make it close.
The margin stayed within single digits the rest of the way.
Charlotte even had a chance to take the lead late, but Josh McRoberts missed a three-pointer with under 10 seconds to play that would have given Charlotte an 88-87 lead.
Two Thunder players scored 12 points apiece, with Thabo Sefolosha hitting three 3-pointers, and Serge Ibaka adding 9 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson got the start in place of the injured Westbrook and had 10 points, but made just 4 of 19 from the field.
Jeremy Lamb had 10 points off the bench for the Thunder, who won their seventh straight road game to improve to 24-5 on the season.
OKC has won 11 of their last 12 games, and 10 in a row on the road against Eastern Conference teams.
The Thunder return to Chesapeake Arena for a three-game homestand starting Sunday night with a 6:00 tipoff against Houston.