|Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) attempts a shot against Thomas Robinson (41) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Kevin Durant scored 46 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Durant has now scored more than 30 points in eight straight games and topped 40 points for the fourth time this month..
With the win, the Thunder (32-10) take the lead in the Northwest Division from the Blazers (31-11), who have lost two in a row.
Despite terrible free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, the Thunder only trailed 95-92 with three minutes left in the game. Durant then shifted momentum in the home team's favor with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
After forcing Blazers into a turnover, guard Reggie Jackson hit a floater in the lane to put Oklahoma City up by two. After another empty Portland possession, it was center Kendrick Perkins hitting a baseline jumper to give Thunder 99-95 advantage.
Durant then closed out the game down when he drained back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute.
Along with his 46 points, Durant added five rebounds and four assists. Jackson posted 15 points and seven rebounds while guard Derek Fisher came off the bench to score 10 points.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge paced Portland with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Wesley Matthews added 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting.