The Oklahoma City Thunder's last game went down to the wire.
There was far less drama the last time the Northwest Division leaders faced the Charlotte Bobcats.
Oklahoma City goes for a fifth consecutive victory in this series on Friday night in Charlotte.
Looking for a sixth victory in seven games since a season-worst 0-3 stretch, the Thunder (45-16) hung on to defeat the host New York Knicks 95-94 on Thursday.
Oklahoma City moved within 2 1/2 games of idle San Antonio for the top spot in the Western Conference after Knicks guard J.R. Smith missed a turnaround jumper right before the final buzzer.
"We've been hurt on those game-winners a couple of times this year and we didn't want that to happen again,'' said Kevin Durant, who scored 34 points to lift his league-high average to 28.7. "So we just had to lock in and get a stop.''
The Thunder, 4-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, might not face as much of a test in their stop in Charlotte, where the league-worst Bobcats (13-...