The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a sixth straight National Basketball defeat, 116-101, at the hands of Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant delivered 42 points of those points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points with 10 assists and Kevin Martin chipped in 15 points for Oklahoma, who have won four of their last five games.
Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 28 points and Antawn Jamison contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the Lakers have now lost six in a row for the first time since a seven-game skid in March 2007.
Los Angeles remain five games behind Portland for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile Luol Deng scored 33 points in Chicago's 108-101 NBA win over the Knicks in New York with Derrick Rose's appearance on the practice court raising hopes of even better things to come.