NBA: Westbrook out for 27 games, but Thunder edge out Bobcats anyway
CHARLOTTE (AFP) - NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant had game highs of 34 points and 12 rebounds to give Oklahoma City an 89-85 victory on Friday at Charlotte in the Thunder's first game without injured Russell Westbrook.
Swiss guard Thabo Sefolosha and Spanish forward Serge Ibaka each added 12 points while Kendrick Perkins contributed 10 rebounds as the Thunder improved to 24-5, matching Portland for the best record in the National Basketball Association.
Oklahoma City will host Portland on Tuesday.
Reggie Jackson had 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting in his first game starting for the Thunder since the team announced that star playmaker Westbrook would be sidelined until at least mid-February following arthroscopic right knee surgery conducted on Friday.