Kevin Durant continued his scoring surge with 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the eighth time in their last 10 games, beating the New York Knicks 106-88 on Monday night.
Durant, who entered the game with a 28.7-point scoring average, had 15 in the first quarter as Oklahoma City (21-16) built a double-digit lead it kept for most of the rest of the game. Durant has scored 30 or more points in nine of his last 11 games.
Nate Robinson led the Knicks with 19 points. New York (15-22) suffered its worst loss since falling by 22 points in the season opener against Miami. The Knicks gave up 100-plus points for just the fourth time since Dec. 6.
The Knicks shot 38.2 percent, well below their season average.
Russell Westbrook added 17 points and five assists for Oklahoma City. With four games remaining until the season's midpoint, the Thunder are two wins shy of matching their total from last season.
The Knicks only led once, at 6-4. A 10-0 run by the Thunder put them back ahead and they led 34-24 after the first quarter. Oklahoma City scored the first eight points of the second period to go up by 18 and built that lead to 21 late in the quarter before settling for a 63-47 halftime advantage.
Still up 16 early in the third quarter, Thabo Sefolosha keyed a 6-0 run by the Thunder with a fast-break dunk off a pass from Durant that made it 71-49. New York coach Mike D'Antoni promptly called a timeout, shaking his head as he walked onto the court.
It didn't get much better for the Knicks, who scored only 15 points in the third quarter as the Thunder built their lead to 24 points. Oklahoma City led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Knicks came no closer than 18.
Durant, who played 33 minutes, went 13-of-16 from the free-throw line as the Thunder finished 20 of 24.
Jonathan Bender scored 16 points for New York, while Wilson Chandler had 12 and David Lee added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Notes: New York F Al Harrington, the Knicks' second-leading scorer, returned to action after sitting out two games with a strained left calf. He scored 9 points in 17 minutes. ... Thunder reserve G Kevin Ollie, who has been out since undergoing right knee surgery on Nov. 30, was on the active roster Monday night but didn't play. ... New York F Danilo Gallinari had 11 rebounds but didn't score. ... U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins were among those attending on the Thunder's military appreciation night.