The Cavaliers fought back from a 22-point, first-half deficit to briefly get within nine. Oklahoma City closed the third quarter on a 19-1 run and stretched its lead to 30 several times in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers have four losses of at least 20 points during their current slide, starting with the 118-90 thumping in James' homecoming on Dec. 2. Minnesota delivered a 35-point blowout two nights later for Cleveland's most lopsided loss of the season. There was also a 20-point loss to Philadelphia in that stretch.
And Miami? The Heat have surged into second place in the East with an eight-game winning streak heading into Monday night's game against New Orleans and will be waiting for Cleveland to arrive on Wednesday.
Russell Westbrook had his 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 assists for the Thunder, who played without starting center Nenad Krstic (lower back sprain) for the second straight game.
Durant had seven points — including a 3-pointer and a right-handed dunk — in Oklahoma City's run that put the game away late in the third. Harden added a two-handed alley-oop dunk and Eric Maynor provided the finishing touches with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 86-58 entering a final quarter with both teams' starters remaining on the bench.
The Thunder turned in a highlight-filled performance in the first quarter, with regular jump shots anything but the norm. Durant had three of Oklahoma City's five dunks and one of the team's three 3-pointers as the Thunder zoomed out to a 31-13 advantage.
Durant drove for a right-handed jam, slammed down a Westbrook alley-oop with two hands and then had another right-handed dunk on a fast break — only to get upstaged. Harden drove into J.J. Hickson on a fast break and delivered an in-your-face, left-handed power slam to finish an 11-0 burst for the Thunder.
He followed that by scoring eight points in a row early in the second quarter — including a more routine, two-handed dunk on a fast break — and the Thunder opened a 22-point lead before Cleveland finally came to life.
Gibson and Antawn Jamison had bookend 3-pointers in a 10-0 surge that got the Cavs within 53-43 in the final minute before halftime.
Notes: Robert Yanders hit a halfcourt shot during a timeout midway through the second quarter to win $20,000. He became the first fan to make the shot in the contest, which is held at every Thunder game. ... Thunder C Byron Mullens was recalled from the NBA Development League prior to the game and played the final 7:26, compiling five points and five rebounds — more than his season totals in both categories. ... Cleveland had won four straight against Oklahoma City.
Source: AP News