A long winning streak is giving Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder a chance to pad their lead atop the Western Conference.
The Atlanta Hawks are looking to withstand another absence by Joe Johnson.
Durant and the red-hot Thunder look to capitalize as they meet the Hawks for the only time this season Saturday night.
Durant - Sunday's All-Star game MVP with 36 points - is among the NBA leaders with 28.0 points per game and a major reason Oklahoma City (29-7) has a four-game lead on Southwest Division-leading San Antonio in the West standings.
The Thunder are reinforcing their status as one of the league's top teams with their seven-game winning streak, matching their best of the season set two months ago.
They haven't put together a longer run since winning nine a row from Jan. 29-Feb. 21, 2010.
Durant overcame some sloppy play early and moved Oklahoma City closer to that mark Thursday, scoring 18 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 14-point deficit and bea...