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Question of the Day
Even so, Durant would probably trade his 38 points for a win.
P.J. Tucker, who had to guard Durant most of Sunday night, scored 11 of his career-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix beat the Thunder 122-115, giving the Suns a critical victory in their drive to make the playoffs and dealing a blow to Oklahoma City’s tenuous hold on the No. 2 spot in the West.
With Memphis‘ loss to San Antonio, the Suns are a game ahead of the Grizzlies for the No. 8 spot in the West and a half-game behind No. 7 Dallas.
Durant’s streak surpassed Jordan’s 40 in a row of 25 or more and is the longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 straight games in 1963-64. Wilt Chamberlain did it in all 80 regular-season games in the 1961-62 season.
And Durant is totally unimpressed his streak.
“I don’t really care about it,” he said. “I can’t wait until it’s over.”
Russell Westbrook scored 33 for the Thunder, who lead the Los Angeles Clippers by a game for the West’s No. 2 playoff spot.
Phoenix scored the next 10, the first four by Markieff Morris and the last four on free throws by Bledsoe, to lead 121-112 with 20.7 seconds to play. Durant sank a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds to go, the only Thunder field goal in the final 3:49.
“It’s all or nothing right now,” Green said. “We don’t have a month left to try and make up. We only got a few more games, so it’s win or go home for us.”
Tucker was a career-best 4 of 5 from behind the arc.
After struggling at the line all night, Phoenix made its last eight free throws.
“Everybody is trying to win at this point,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “It was a good test for us and one that these guys passed.”
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