The Associated Press
Mar. 22, 2014
TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Durant had 51 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Toronto Raptors 119-118 in double overtime, despite losing NBA All-Star guard Russell Westbrook to a right knee injury in the third quarter.
Durant hit the go-ahead 3 with 1.7 seconds left in the second overtime to win it for the Thunder, who won their fourth straight and finished off a 3-0 road trip. Reggie Jackson added 25 and Serge Ibaka had 13.
Durant has scored 25 or more in 34 straight games, the NBA's longest streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 consecutive games in 1986-87.
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and Amir Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.
KNICKS 93, 76ERS 92
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony scored 21 as the New York Knicks beat Philadelphia for their eighth straight win.
It was the 23rd straight loss for the Sixers, matching the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest single-season losing streak in NBA history.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set the record of 26 consecutive losses in the 2010-11 season.
The Sixers (15-54) would have to pull off an upset to avoid tying the record, with three straight road games up next at playoff-bound Chicago, San Antonio and Houston. If the Sixers lose all three, the potential record 27th loss could come March 29 vs. Detroit.
SPURS 99, KINGS 79
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Marco Belinelli scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and seven rebounds as NBA-leading San Antonio eased past Sacramento for its 12th straight win.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points, and Tiago Splitter had 11 points and 11 rebounds. San Antonio (52-16) remained 1½ games ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana for the league's best record.
The winning streak also is San Antonio's longest since rolling off 12 in a row in November 2010.
Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who were held to a season low in points.
PACERS 91, BULLS 79
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Scola had 19 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 15 to lead Indiana over Chicago.
The Pacers, who went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter, now have a 13-game lead over the Bulls in the Central Division.
Carlos Boozer was called for a Flagrant 1 foul with 7:31 left in the third and Roy Hibbert made two free throws and Stephenson made a basket to give the Pacers a 63-45 lead.
DJ Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 17 points for the Bulls, who have lost two of their last three.
NETS 114, CELTICS 98
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points and Mason Plumlee added 18 points as Brooklyn won its 11th straight at home, beating Boston.
Former Celtic Paul Pierce had 14 points and Andray Blatche and Jorge Gutierrez added 10 apiece for the Nets, who won their third straight game and ninth in the last 10 to pull within 1½ games of the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors.
Brooklyn also moved within one game of the Chicago Bulls for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Knotted at 45 with 6:49 left in the second quarter, Brooklyn went on a 19-9 run to pull away from the Celtics, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
HEAT 91, GRIZZLIES 86
MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen scored 18 points to lead Miami to a comeback victory over Memphis.
Miami rallied from an 84-77 deficit with 4:08 remaining and scored 11 unanswered points. Allen's 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining began the comeback and Dwyane Wade's jumper with 1:32 remaining tied it at 84. Wade's two free throws with 1:04 left gave the Heat their first lead since early in the third quarter.
After Mike Miller missed a 3-point attempt with 51 seconds remaining for the Grizzles, LeBron James' jumper with 24 seconds left capped the Heat's late rally for an 88-84 advantage.
Zach Randolph scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds for Grizzlies. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points, but left with an ankle injury midway through the third quarter.
PELICANS 111, HAWKS 105
ATLANTA (AP) — Anthony Davis had 34 points and 11 rebounds as New Orleans beat Atlanta.
Tyreke Evans had 21 points for New Orleans, which completed a two-game sweep of the season series.
Davis set career highs with 40 points and 20 rebounds in New Orleans' 121-120 overtime win over Boston on Sunday and then missed a loss to Toronto on Wednesday with a respiratory infection.
The Hawks' five-game winning streak ended. Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 26 points and eight assists.
MAVERICKS 122, NUGGETS 106
DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 21 as Dallas pulled away from Denver in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks avoided a season sweep by the Nuggets, who ran away with a win in Denver two weeks ago to hand Dallas its longest losing streak at three games.
Vince Carter shook off a dislocated pinkie on his left hand in the first quarter to finish with 13.
J.J. Hickson led Denver with 18 points and eight rebounds before leaving with an apparent injury in the fourth quarter.
SUNS 98, PISTONS 92
PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Phoenix pulled out a victory over Detroit.
Goran Dragic added 20 points, 15 in the first half, and Markieff Morris scored 16 for the Suns.
Rodney Stuckey scored 23 and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons in their fourth overall loss and 12th straight on the road.
Bledsoe, in his biggest game since returning from knee surgery March 12, made a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to put the Suns ahead for good 89-86 with 3:22 to play.
WIZARDS 117, LAKERS 107
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Wall had 28 points and 14 assists, leading Washington past spiraling Los Angeles.
Bradley Beal added 18 points for the Wizards, who began a four-game Western Conference road trip with back-to-back losses to Sacramento and Portland.
Washington's Drew Gooden and Los Angeles' Jordan Hill were both ejected after getting into a scuffle with 2:14 remaining and the Wizards ahead 108-98.
Steve Nash, who sat out 15 games because of chronic nerve damage in his back that has limited him to 11 appearances all season, had 11 assists and five points in 19 minutes off the bench for the Lakers.