Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Durant had 35 points, 11 boards and six assists to power the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-95 Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Reggie Jackson added 13 points, Derek Fisher had 12 and Jeremy Lamb poured in 10 for the win.
The Thunder played without Russell Westbrook, who rested his surgically repaired knee, while the Cavs were without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng.
The Cavs led 25-21 after one quarter with Spencer Hawes scoring eight.
The second quarter was close in the early going before the Thunder broke away with an 11-2 run in the last 1:18 of the period to take a 56-46 lead at halftime.
A Durant 3-pointer and a Steven Adams dunk gave the Thunder a 61-46 lead to start the third.
The Thunder led throughout the quarter and managed to push the lead to 17 two times, the first after a Durant 3-pointer and again to end the period with a Derek Fisher 3-point jumper.
Another run by the Thunder, this time at 10-3 to start the fourth, established a 95-71 advantage with 6:34 left.
The Cavs answered with a 21-2 blast with Hawes contributing 10 points to pull within 97-92 with 1:12 remaining.
But Durant connected on five free throws to seal a Thunder win.
Dion Waiters scored 30 and Hawes had 20 to lead the Cavs.