PORTLAND -- Forward Kevin Durant scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and guard Reggie Jackson sank two free throws inside the final second as the Oklahoma City Thunder gained a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at the Moda Center.
Guard Jeremy Lamb scored 19 points off the bench and Jackson had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Thunder (42-12), who won for the fourth time in five games.
Forward Nicolas Batum led six players scoring in double figures with 18 points for the Trail Blazers (36-16), who fell five games behind Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division race. Center Robin Lopez collected 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Oklahoma City closed a 10-point deficit to 70-69 late in the third quarter. Durant scored 13 points in the quarter -- giving him 31 for the game -- but drew his fourth foul and departed with 3:06 left and Portland on top 74-71. Soon thereafter, the Thunder took a 76-75 lead, and the teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 80-80.
The Thunder regained control with a 7-0 run that gave them an 87-84 lead. Portland answered with five in a row to go back in front 89-87 with 5:43 remaining.
The Blazers were ahead 93-91 when Jackson scored on a layup to tie it at 93-93 with 2:05 to play. A tip-in by Lopez made it 95-93 with 1:48 to go, but Lamb sank a 3-pointer to put OKC back in front 96-95 with 1:37 to play.
It was still 96-95 when Portland guard Damian Lillard drove to the basket in traffic. No foul was called and Lillard lost the ball out of bounds with 13 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing in-bounds play, Durant knocked the ball out of bounds and Portland got the ball with 12.3 seconds left. After a timeout, the Blazers in-bounded to Lillard, who passed to Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge head-faked a defender, then missed an open 15-footer. OKC rebounded and Jackson made a pair at the line to push the Thunder advantage to 98-95 with .6 of a second on the clock.
Lillard, who finished with 16 points and seven assists, missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Lillard and guard CJ McCollum scored 13 points apiece as Portland seized a 55-45 lead at the half. McCollum came off the bench to make 4 of 5 shots, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range, for the Blazers.
OKC had 18 points from Durant and a combined 22 off the bench from Lamb (13 points on 6-for-8 shooting) and forward Nick Collison (nine points, 4 for 4) in the half. But the Thunder had only five points from their other players through intermission.
Portland got off to a great start, jumping to a 19-6 lead as Oklahoma City started the game 3 for 13 from the field. The Blazers settled for a 25-19 advantage after one quarter, Aldridge leading the way with eight points and six rebounds.
OKC battled back with Durant -- whistled for an early technical foul and delay-of-game violation -- on the bench, drawing to within 34-32 early in the second quarter. With Durant back on the court, the Thunder moved ahead 43-41.
But Portland closed with a 14-2 rush to take a 55-45 edge into halftime.
NOTES: Oklahoma City F Kevin Durant entered the game coming off one of the most brilliant performances of his career. He had 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 112-100 win over New York on Sunday while holding the Knicks F Carmelo Anthony to 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting. "That's about as good a game as Kevin could possibly play -- points, rebounds, assists, defense, his leadership," coach Scotty Brooks said. "There were so many great things about it." ... In three games vs. Portland this season, Durant has averaged 38.7 points, with games of 46, 37 and 33. ... The matchup features three of the NBA's top eight free-throw shooters in Portland G Damian Lillard (third, .885), Durant (sixth, .878) and Thunder G Reggie Jackson (eighth, .871). ... Portland G Mo Williams (family issues) missed his third straight game. Williams is expected to arrive back in Portland on Tuesday night and accompany the team on its trip to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Wednesday night.