Kevin Durant scored 23 points in his first home game after missing the first 17 games of the season with a foot injury, leading the Thunder to a 114-101 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night.
Before Durant’s return to the lineup to play three road games before Tuesday night’s home game, the Thunder were 3-12. With the defending MVP and the return of Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City has won five of their last six games and stand three games out of the top eight.
Westbrook scored a game-high 28 points, while also adding seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Durant shot 7-11 from the field and made all eight of his free-throw attempts; he dished out seven assists and grabbed nine rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 18 points and made two of seven from the three-point arc.
OJ Mayo led Milwaukee with 18 points, and Giannis Antetekounmpo added 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. The Bucks (11-12) held the lead after the first quarter (31-26), shooting 52 percent from the field, but then were held to 36 percent the rest of the game. They have now lost five of their last six games and next they will host the 15-5 Los Angeles Clippers Saturday.
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The Thunder look to continue their hot streak as they host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second game of a back-to-back set.