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Oklahoma City Holds Off the Hawks

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Originally Published: Jan 18, 2010 3:38 PM CDT

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Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

ATLANTA -- Oklahoma City ended a losing streak at home against Miami, and kicked off their four-game road trip with a 94-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

After playing half of their games this season, Oklahoma City has tied its win total from last season with 23.

The Thunder’s first possession resulted in Kevin Durant dishing the ball to a streaking Nenad Krstic for an easy two points and it was all Oklahoma City from there on out.

Oklahoma City built on its three-point halftime lead by opening up the third quarter by scoring on its first eight possessions to build their lead to 13.

Durant ended the game with 29 points, made 14 of his 15 free throw attempts, grabbed five boards and dished out five assists.

Krstic was the surprise of the game, capitalizing on his size advantage over the smaller Hawks front line. The center finished the game with 16 points and seven boards, including five on the offensive glass.

Jeff Green also did his part, notching his seventh double-double of the season, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, including seven points in the closing 15 minutes.

The Hawks had four players in double figures, including 23 from Joe Johnson, but Oklahoma City matched with four its own. Josh Smith also did his best, scoring 18 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists.

The Thunder continues its road trip with a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves Jan. 20.

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