Durant's big night sends surging Thunder past Hornets

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Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored 35 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder survived a scare from the upset-minded New Orleans Hornets in a 92-88 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder overcame a double-digit deficit by shooting 57 percent (20-of-35) from the field in the second half. They have won nine straight games, the club's longest streak since taking nine in a row from Jan. 29-Feb. 21, 2010.

Kevin Martin chipped in 17 points off the bench, while Russell Westbrook netted 14 despite 4-of-14 shooting to go with nine assists in the victory.

Greivis Vasquez missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing seconds to send New Orleans to a fifth straight loss. Brian Roberts and Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

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