ATLANTA Russell Westbrook delivered an emphatic slam and as the Hawks called timeout, he walked toward midcourt, screaming and pumping his fists.
He was met by Kevin Durant, who high-fived his teammate before putting his hand on the back of Westbrook's head as the All-Star duo walked toward the Thunder's bench.
"We put our pants on just like they do," Atlanta forward Josh Smith said. "We're not going to back down from anybody, no matter what the record is, no matter what the media says about a team. We're not scared of anybody. We're willing to take the challenge."
It was a game that offered the surprising Hawks a chance to prove they belong among the NBA's best. Instead, one of the league's truly elite turned it into a showcase.
Durant scored a season-high 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Westbrook had 27 points and 11 assists in the Thunder's 100-92 win, their 12th straight.
It was an impressive display as Durant scored 28 of his points in the second half, while 21...