Game Recap: Thunder 111, Hawks 104

-- Kevin Durant hit his first shot of the game, nice jumper, showed no ill effects of the sprained ankle he suffered Wednesday night. “I felt great this morning during shoot-around and today at warm-ups,” he said, “Our training staff is great just unbelievable what they’re able to do.”

--Nice end to the first quarter as the Thunder hit 11 of their last 14 shots to lead 31-26 at the break.

--Durant off to a blistering start hitting seven of his first 10 shots and 3-for-4 on three pointers.

---Nice second quarter for James Harden, 13 points, 15 total at that point. He finished with 17. This is the 12th time Harden has been in double figures in his last 13 games. Thunder with a great first half on offense, with 56 points on 57.5% shooting. Durant leading the way with 18. He finishes with 29 points and was 4-for-5 on three pointers.

--Thunder off to a hot start in the third quarter hitting six straight baskets during one stretch.

--Durant ends the third with a slam coming off an Atlanta turnover. Through three quarters Oklahoma City had scored 25 points off of 13 Hawk giveaways, turning most every one of them into points.

--Durant had only been to the free throw line once until the last seconds of the game when he went 4-for-4 to ice the game. The team was 14-for-14 at the line in the last 12 minutes after going 8-for-9 in the first three quarters.

--Oklahoma City has now won four straight against Atlanta and 12 of the last 15.

“This was a good win for us,” Durant said, “ we wanted to make sure they didn’t get any easy points in the paint. Great win on the road, we just have to build on it now.” “This was a good win for us,” said Thunder head Coach Scott Brooks, “we beat a very good team tonight, the three that Russell hit toward the end of the game was a big shot, it gave us a five point lead. Russell is not afraid to take big shots.”

“It’s very big to win on the road this late in the season,” Westbrook said, “This is really good for us.”

PLAYS THE BOX SCORE WON’T SHOW: Thunder being aggressive in the early going and Al Horford has to go the the Hawks bench with two fouls less than halfway through first quarter...First possession after Nick Collison checks in he scores, Russell Westbrook drives toward the lane and finds Collison racing along the baseline by himself for an easy layup...Westbrook backs into the lane late in the first quarter, dribbling with his left hand, then spins right, through a double team and scores giving OKC it’s first lead of the night...Cole Aldrich battling on the boards, grabbing an offensive rebound and scores. Aldrich has been very good in the last few games, earning playing time...Durant loses the ball out near center court but Collison hits the floor gets the ball back and gets it to KD, he drives all the way into the lane with the shot clock winding down and hits a layup, great hustle play for the Thunder two-time All-Star who is also fouled on the play. Just watching him play tonight you’d never know KD rolled his ankle all thee way over just two nights ago..James Harden has the ball tapped away but he sticks with it, gets the ball back then drives into the lane, leaps and scores...Harden has also been working off the pick-and-roll really well then driving into the lane where he usually faces a much bigger and slower defensive man. Harden has won those battles most of the evening...In the third quarter Durant fights through a double team to find a wide open Serge Ibaka for the jam. KD was really good at that same thing on Wednesday night...Harden also with some nice defense on Al Horford in the fourth quarter. Horford drove into the lane but Harden blocked his progress and knocked the ball away then blocked a shot by another Hawk player...

STATS WORTH REPEATING: Thunder scored 54 points in the paint and also nailed seven three pointers so a nice inside-outside game. Durant and Westbrook combined for 57 points, 29 for KD and 28 for Russ. Oklahoma City also took advantage of almost every Hawks turnover, scoring 27 points off 16 Atlanta giveaways. The Thunder turned the ball over only 10 times. The Thunder were nearly perfect at the free throw line (20-for-21).

LAST WORD: “We’ve played well the last two games,” Brooks said, “but we gotta get better, we need to keep improving and when Perk (Kendrick Perkins) gets back we’ll take another step.”

UP NEXT: The Thunder will be back home Sunday night playing the Phoenix Suns inside Oklahoma City Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 P.M. on Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Thunder Radio Network.