Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score and Analysis

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

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Kevin Durant had 35 points and 11 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 16 and 11 and the Oklahoma City Thunder narrowly avoided a fourth-quarter collapse against the shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, winning 102-95.

Russell Westbrook got the night off for the Thunder. The Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng and C.J. Miles.

Oklahoma City went up 95:71 at the 6:33 mark of the fourth period, only to see Cleveland embark on a 21-2 run to trim the lead to five with 1:12 remaining.

However, Ibaka made several big plays down the stretch, including a big offensive board and a key block.

Dion Waiters scored 30 points for the Cavs, with Spencer Hawes adding 20.

The Thunder outrebounded the Cavaliers, 53-36, making up for their rather poor 42.7 percent overall clip from the floor. 

Cleveland shot 44.4 percent.

Durant hit 12 of his 21 shots, knocking down three triples. He also handed out six assists in 36 minutes.