With 27 points, 11 assist and 8 rebounds from Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, Durant had a great supporting cast. Both had been questionable to play. Cleveland is now third in the Eastern Conference standings, but coming off a blowout win at Boston.
The Thunder tied a team record by hitting 16 3-pointers.
The Thunder (32-25) enter Tuesday's matchup in search of a sense of direction. The last time these teams met, January 20th 2018, Oklahoma City beat Cleveland 148-124 (George: 36 pts; Westbrook: 23 pts, 20 ast). Paul George scored 33 points.
While posting his 10th game with at least 30 points, George also contributed eight assists and three steals. Paul George has an average of 38.93 fantasy points per game on the season. The Thunder rank first in offensive rebounding percentage (28.2 percent), while Memphis ranks 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.3 percent).
Lebron James was also asked to give a comment immediately after the game, but he shrugged his way passed Durant and ran back to the locker room. Meanwhile, Rodney Hood has now scored at least 15 points in his last three games. James is also dishing out almost 9 assists per game.
But while joining the Thunder makes sense for James, it remains to be seen whether or not he will really leave Cleveland [VIDEO] for the second time in his career. Love is expected to be back in March after an injury.
"Hey, we came out as team and we came away with a team victory", Durant said in a post game interview. The initial struggles of this year's Thunder team and their inconsistency throughout the season will prevent them from obtaining a high seed in the Western Conference, thus hindering their playoff chances, but they have shown all year that they can compete with the best of the best. Obviously, if he can not play in this game, the Cavaliers will not be a one point underdog. Those two will be good, but Cleveland has a little momentum, and their ability to shoot the basketball is going to take down the Thunder. Take Cleveland +1 over Oklahoma City on Tuesday.