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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant played the fourth quarter Monday night with the intensity of an NBA Finals game. Sam Darnold Jets Jersey . Showing plenty of emotion down the stretch and scowling at the Atlanta bench on multiple occasions, Durant scored 41 points to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Hawks 111-109 for their eighth straight victory. The star forward hit the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left, capping Oklahoma Citys comeback from a 14-point deficit in the second half. "I know we play a lot of games and a lot of people say January doesnt mean anything," Durant said. "But when youre playing this game with your heart and passion like we do, sometimes youve got to sit back and just enjoy it." Durant scored 13 in the fourth quarter, including a 16-foot, step-back jumper with 25.5 seconds remaining that put the Thunder ahead for the first time since the opening 2 minutes. Paul Millsap tied it for Atlanta before Durant knocked down the decisive 12-footer while being guarded by DeMarre Carroll. "Coach just drew it out for me and I had to make a play," Durant said. "It was an emotional game. It was up and down the whole game. My emotions were everywhere, so I just had to try to keep it together at the end of the game and make a play for my team." Shelvin Mack tried to throw a pass to Millsap on the final play, but Thabo Sefolosha knocked it away. Millsap scored 23 points to lead the Hawks, who managed only one basket and two points in the final 3:50. Oklahoma City is 6-0 at home this season when trailing going into the fourth quarter. "I think thats a direct result from the competitive spirit we have," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Durants 11-game streak of 30 or more points is the longest in the NBA since Tracy McGrady did it in 14 straight games in March and April 2003. "He just hit some tough shots," Carroll said. "The shots were contested and he hit them. I just think we really lost the game on our own. We missed two open threes. We got the shots that we wanted. We just missed them. Weve got to learn from that but it was a hard-fought game." Durant had another efficient outing, shooting 15 of 25 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range. During his streak, he has scored 40 or more five times, including a 54-point outing against Golden State. Brooks said he has run out of superlatives to describe what Durant is doing. "Theres nothing more to say," Brooks said. "Hes a special player. Hes going to be an MVP candidate until he decides to retire. Hes an amazing teammate, which Im as proud of that, as he is as a player. He cares about the game. He cares about his team. He cares about Oklahoma City. Hes just a great ambassador, not only to our team but the league and to the basketball world." Reggie Jackson had 18 points for Oklahoma City (36-10), which takes the Western Conferences best record into a showdown Wednesday at Miami, the two-time defending NBA champion. The Hawks led by 14 early in the third quarter and still held a double-digit advantage in the final minute of the period before Durant fueled the Thunders rally. His layup with 2:11 left tied the score at 107. Atlanta started missing shots as Oklahoma City ramped up its defensive effort, which had been lacking for 3 1/2 quarters. "Our group really competed tonight," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I think their commitment to each other and their commitment to playing the way we want to play is excellent. Losing is very hard in this league and our guys are hurting." The Hawks hit seven of their first nine 3-point attempts and led by as many as 14 points in the first half before settling for a 57-50 halftime lead. Atlanta opened the second half with a 10-3 run to extend its lead to 14. Oklahoma City scored the next nine points and drew to 67-62 after a 3-pointer by Jackson, but Kyle Korver hit two 3-pointers as the Hawks scored eight of the next 10 points to rebuild a double-digit advantage at 75-64. Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points for Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka managed only nine points but the NBA leader in blocked shots had a season-high six. Seven Hawks reached double figures in scoring. Mike Scott had 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Carroll and Mack added 15 points each, while Korver scored 14 and Lou Williams and Dennis Schroder had 10 apiece. NOTES: For the fourth time this season, the Thunder have assigned G Andre Roberson to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. Roberson has played in 19 games for the Thunder and he made four starts earlier this season. ... Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden, who is from nearby Edmond, attended the game. ... Ibaka was called for a technical with 3:48 left in the first quarter after complaining about receiving a personal foul. ... Korver extended his NBA-record streak of hitting at least one 3-pointer to 113 games. ... The Thunder held their sixth annual Military Appreciation Night, with military personnel and their families attending thanks in part to more than 1,000 season-ticket holders who gave away seats for the game. Trumaine Johnson Jets Jersey . You can listen to the game live on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal or on TSN.ca/Montreal. Also, TSN.ca features live streaming of the post-game news conferences from the Bell Centre. The Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Final after Sundays 3-2 overtime victory against the visiting Habs. Chris Herndon Jersey . -- Without Carey Price, the run for a first Stanley Cup in 21 years got steeper and longer for the Montreal Canadiens. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Terrelle-Pryor-Sr-Jersey/ . Paul George and Darren Collison each scored 17 points and Roy Hibbert added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers (9-3), who won their third straight.MANCHESTER, England - The Manchester derby was a fixture that filled the blue half of the city with dread during Uniteds glory years under Alex Ferguson.Now, its United fans who are starting to fear the worst when one of English footballs biggest matches comes around.City is looking for a sixth win in its last seven Premier League games against United when the fierce rivals meet at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. City beat United 4-1 and 3-0 last season and dished out Uniteds heaviest ever Premier League loss in 2011, a 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford.Its a very different story to the period from 1990-2001, when United never lost to City as Ferguson laid the foundations of his trophy-winning empire.Both teams need a win to keep on the tail of undefeated leader Chelsea, which holds a four-point lead over second-place Southampton and also plays in a derby — against west London rival QPR on Saturday.City, six points behind Chelsea in third, is going through a poor run of form that continued with a surprise loss to Newcastle in the League Cup on Wednesday. United is in eighth place, 10 points off Chelsea, as it continues a rebuilding job under Louis van Gaal.Here are some things to know about this weekends games in England:___ROONEY RETURN?After serving his three-match ban for kicking an opponent, Wayne Rooney was due to be back for United this weekend.However, there is a doubt surrounding the England strikers fitness after he was seen apparently limping at a promotional event at Old Trafford on Monday. United hasnt officially given an update on Rooneys condition.Fellow striker Radamel Falcao could also be back for United after missing the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday because he was hurt in training three days earlier.If Rooney and Falcao are declared fit, they could join a three-man frontline with Robin van Persie that was last fielded by Van Gaal in the 2-1 win over West Ham on Sept. 27.Rooney is the record scorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals.___SILVA WORRYAs if no wins in three matches wasnt enough of a concern for City manager Manuel Pellegrini, he also saw playmaker David Silva limp off against Newcastle with a twisted knee.The absence of Silva would be a major blow for City, with the Spain international one of the teams best players in its inauspicious start to the season.Fellow playmaker Samir Nasri returned against Newcastle after six weeks out but isnt up to full speed. City will rely heavily on Sergio Aguero, the Premier Leagues joint top scorer, for goals.___NO DefencceFor all of the attacking might on show on Sunday, there will be just as much scrutiny on defences that have kept just two clean sheets each this campaign. Spencer Long Jersey. City manager Manuel Pellegrini focused on strengthening his defence in the off-season by signing right back Bacary Sagna on a free transfer and centre back Eliaquim Mangala for 32 million pounds (then $54 million), as well as a defensive midfielder in Fernando.But Pellegrini has not yet settled on a regular back four as he integrates his new signings and Mangala, English footballs most expensive defender, is struggling to adapt.Van Gaal has had to contend with a slew of defensive injuries that saw him first try a three-man defence and then revert to four at the back. He hasnt fielded the same defence two matches running and Phil Jones is now sidelined with shin splints.While Uniteds attack looks strong, the defence remains a work in progress. It means there shouldnt be a shortage of goals at the Etihad.___DROGBA ON A ROLLDiego Costa isnt the only inspired signing in Chelseas attack for this season.Didier Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell at the club and faced a tough task reproducing his exploits for Chelsea from 2004-12, when he scored 157 goals in 342 appearances and was always the man for the big occasion. But he hasnt lost his eye for goal.Filling in while Costa and Loic Remy were injured, the 36-year-old Drogba scored in each of the last three games — against Maribor in the Champions League, United in the league and Shrewsbury in the League Cup. He also played the full 90 minutes against United and Shrewsbury, despite the games being only two days apart.If I was a kid player and I played with this guy on my side, what more could I wish for? Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.Costa may be fit after illness and injury for the QPR game, however, and would surely be selected over Drogba.___SURPRISING SOUTHAMPTONJust like last season, Southampton has made a strong start to the Premier League. The question is: Can they keep it up this time?Ronald Koemans side is the nearest challenger to Chelsea after nine games and is looking for its sixth win in seven league matches when it visits Hull on Saturday. Not bad for a team which was ripped apart in the summer, when many of its top players like Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw left.Also Saturday, Liverpool travels to Newcastle and Arsenal hosts last-place Burnley, the only team without a win in all of Englands four leagues. 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