MILWAUKEE - Former league MVP Kevin Durant sizzled with 32 points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-96, on Sunday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
With a thick home crowd of 16,565 cheering them on, the Bucks put up a good fight, but they couldn't recover from a sluggish start where they trailed 20-4 early and 32-12 after one quarter of play.. Milwaukee's young duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker paced the home team with 26 points apiece.
The Bucks opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run but Durant Westbrook and Russell Westbrook, who had a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, quickly pushed the lead up to 19.
Antetokounmpo's triple-double (26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) led Milwaukee while Parker added five rebounds and four assists to his haul. Khris Middleton added 18 points for the Bucks, who made a third quarter run and inched to within 84-79.
With a 26-37 record, the Bucks are 12th place in the Eastern Conference and six games behind the Chicago Bulls for the 8th and last playoffs berth. But the Greek Freak has been a bright spot for Milwaukee, scoring his third triple-double in seven games.
Photo: Kevin Durant (L) had a workmanlike 32 points to lift the OKC Thunder past the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-96.