The only person who could keep Kevin Durant from extending his run of 30-point games was Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks. It doesn't appear anyone can stop the team's impressive winning streak.
After he sat out the entire fourth quarter of a blowout victory, Durant may be able to begin another streak as he looks to lead the visiting Thunder to their 11th straight win Saturday night against the Washington Wizards.
The five-time All-Star's 30-point run ended at 12 games after he scored 26 on 10-of-12 shooting before leaving for good with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter of a 120-95 rout at Brooklyn on Friday night.
It was the longest such streak since Tracy McGrady's run of 14 consecutive games in 2002-03.
"If he cared about the streak, he should've never missed the two shots," Brooks said after his team extended its second-longest winning streak since leaving Seattle in 2008. "That's on him. Can't blame it on me."
Durant has scored 36.7 per game while making 43.6 percent from 3-point range over his last 15, and it might not take long for him to begin a new 30-point streak.
The league's scoring leader has averaged 32.3 points on 52.6 percent shooting - including 12 for 28 from beyond the arc - in his last four visits to the nation's capital.
He had 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation and sank the go-ahead free throws in overtime to give the Thunder a 106-105 home win over the Wizards on Nov. 10.
Serge Ibaka finished with 25 points and 12 boards in that contest as Oklahoma City held a 58-41 advantage on the glass. He had 25 points and nine rebounds while making all 12 shots in Friday's win.
The Thunder, who own a league-best 5.1 rebounding margin, outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17 while limiting the Nets to the lowest total in league history.
The Wizards were beaten on the glass for the first time in six games and missed 19 of 22 from 3-point range in a 110-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Bradley Beal finished with 20 points, while John Wall added 19 points and 11 assists.
"We put ourselves in a great position, but we just didn't have it at the end of the game," Beal said. "They were executing at the other end of the floor and we couldn't get a stop."
Beal scored a season-high 34 with six 3s in the November loss, and made a go-ahead jumper with 0.3 seconds left in a 101-99 win in the most recent meeting in Washington on Jan. 7, 2013.
Wall did not play in that contest because of a knee injury, and has struggled with a combined 28 points on 6 of 31 (19.4 percent) in his last two against Oklahoma City.
The All-Star point guard, however, has played well with 24.8 points per game in his last five at home overall.
The Wizards have dropped five straight at home to Western Conference opponents, allowing 112 points or more in three of those defeats. They figure to be tested by an Oklahoma City team that has averaged 110.2 points during its winning streak.
The Thunder have posted a 52.5 field-goal percentage over that span after shooting an NBA season-high 63.6 percent from the field Friday.
Oklahoma City has won nine straight road games versus East teams, but has lost on its last two trips to Washington.