The Associated Press
Jan. 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Durant has scored at least 30 points for eight consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. He made 17 of 25 field goals, including 6 of 7 3-pointers.
Reggie Jackson added 15 points for Oklahoma City (32-10), which took a one-game lead over Portland in the Northwest Division. Portland had won the previous two meetings this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 16 rebounds and Wesley Matthews added 21 points for Portland (31-11).
HEAT 93, CELTICS 86
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh added 16 and the Heat blew an 18-point lead before rallying to beat the Celtics.
Chris Andersen scored 13 points and made all five of his shots for Miami, which ended the game on a 9-0 run.
Brandon Bass scored 15 points, Kris Humphries had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeff Green had 12 points for the Celtics, who outrebounded Miami 46-33 but shot only 39 percent.
Rajon Rondo, still coming around after returning from knee surgery, missed all eight of his shots, plus missed a pair of free throws with the Celtics down four with 44.4 seconds remaining. Avery Bradley, the Celtics' other starting guard, was lost in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.
NETS 101, MAGIC 90
NEW YORK (AP) — Andray Blatche came off the bench and had a team-high 18 points and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 14 points as the Nets beat the Magic for their eighth win in nine games.
One night after routing the crosstown rival New York Knicks, the Nets kept up the surge. Their 8-1 start in January is a NBA best after a disappointing 10-21 start to their second season in Brooklyn.
Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce each had 13 points apiece for the Nets.
KINGS 114, PELICANS 97
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rudy Gay tied a career high with 41 points, and the Kings cruised to a victory over the Pelicans.
Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and 11 assists, while DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Kings, who've won five of eight.
Gay hit 16 of 25 shots, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
Tyreke Evans scored 17 for New Orleans, which trimmed a 23-point first-half deficit to six shortly before halftime, only to fall behind by 23 again in the third quarter.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, JAZZ 97
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kevin Love had 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves run past Utah and sweep a home-and-home set with the Jazz.
Ricky Rubio has returned to his spontaneous, free-flowing style and had 11 points and 13 assists for the Wolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak in Utah.
Corey Brewer scored 19 points and Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin each contributed 18. Each time the Jazz threatened to get close in the fourth quarter, J.J. Barea hit big baskets and had 15 points to keep the Jazz at bay.
Gordon Hayward returned from a five-game absence to lead the Jazz with 27 points, but he was the only starter in double figures.