Durant leads Thunder over Pelicans, 109-95
NEW ORLEANS - Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 25 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat New Orleans for the ninth straight time, 109-95 on Friday night.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 14 of its last 15 against the Pelicans, with most of those games occurring when the team was called the Hornets.
Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the Pelicans, who lost their second straight at home while playing their third full game without power forward Anthony Davis, sidelined by a broken left hand. New Orleans also lost Tyreke Evans to a left ankle sprain late in the third quarter.
New Orleans raced to an early double-digit lead, only to fall behind by halftime. The Thunder led the entire second half and comfortably throughout the fourth quarter.