Printed on: November 22, 2012
Durant, Westbrook pace Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and Oklahoma City's All-Star tandem scored all of the Thunder's points in overtime in a 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Clippers, who came in tied for the best record in the Western Conference, had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Westbrook connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to open the scoring in overtime, and Durant rattled one in from about the same spot two possessions later for a 108-104 advantage.
Westbrook then answered DeAndre Jordan's three-point play with a baseline jumper, and Oklahoma City was able to close it out from the foul line.
Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 23 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 in the meeting of Western Conference division leaders. Clippers starting forward Caron Butler missed the game with a strained right shoulder.
Los Angeles was never able to pull ahead, failing in its bid to win at least seven games in a row for only the sixth time in franchise history.
Kevin Martin scored 20 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City before fouling out in overtime. Hasheem Thabeet also matched his career high with 10 points off the bench.
The Clippers, who won three out of four against Oklahoma City in a sometimes testy series last season, haven't had a winning streak of seven games or longer since 1991.
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HEAT 113, BUCKS 106, OT: At Miami, LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade also had 28 points and Miami scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating Milwaukee.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, his most in a Heat uniform. James also had eight assists, and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Heat.
John Henson had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Brandon Jennings had 19 points.
NUGGETS 101, TIMBERWOLVES 94: At Minneapolis, Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, and Andre Iguodala had 18 points and nine rebounds for Denver to spoil Kevin Love's surprise season debut for Minnesota.
Love had 34 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Wolves take a 17-point lead in the first half. But he didn't get a whole lot of help in his first game in nearly five weeks after breaking his right hand.
PACERS 115, HORNETS 107, OT: At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 33 of his career-high 37 points in the second half and overtime, and Roy Hibbert had a triple-double in Indiana's victory over New Orleans.
George made a team record nine 3-pointers, all after halftime. Hibbert had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 blocks, and David West and George Hill each scored 16 points for the Pacers.
Robin Lopez had 21 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, but he made just 3 of 17 field goals. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis missed his second consecutive game because of stress reaction in his left ankle.
HAWKS 101, WIZARDS 100, OT: At Atlanta, Kyle Korver hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Atlanta past Washington, extending the Wizards' franchise-worst start to 0-10.
Korver finished with 16 points, hitting his fifth 3-pointer after Kevin Seraphin's baseline jumper gave Washington a 100-98 lead. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Seraphin led Washington with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
BOBCATS 98, RAPTORS 97: At Charlottem N.C., Ramon Sessions hit a 16-footer with 28 seconds left and Charlotte made a late defensive stand to beat Toronto for its fifth win in six games.
Toronto had four shots to win it, but two resulted in blocks and Andrea Bargnani's baseline jumper fell short as time expired.
Kemba Walker had 19 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, and Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 14 points. Bargnani had 25 points for the Raptors.
CAVALIERS 92, 76ERS 83: At Cleveland, Jeremy Pargo scored a career-high 28 points filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving to help Cleveland end a six-game losing streak.
Irving is expected to miss a month because of a broken finger.
Dion Waiters added 16 points for Cleveland, Alonzo Gee added 14, and Anderson Varejao had 10 points and had 19 rebounds. Jason Richardson and Jrue Holiday each had 16 points for Philadelphia.
SPURS 112, CELTICS 100: At Boston, Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and reserve Tiago Splitter added a season-high 23 points for San Antonio.
Rajon Rondo had 22 points and extended his consecutive streak of double-digit assist games to 35 with 15. Paul Pierce had 19 points after spraining his ankle in a 20-point loss at Detroit on Sunday.
ROCKETS 93, BULLS 89: At Houston, James Harden scored 28 points, Patrick Patterson added 20 and Houston beat Chicago to snap a three-game losing streak.
Nate Robinson scored 21 points for Chicago, Luol Deng added 19 and Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulls have lost three in a row for the first time in Tom Thibodeau's three seasons as coach.
MAGIC 90, PISTONS 74: At Orlando, Fla., Andrew Nicholson scored 15 points, Glen Davis had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando opened the third quarter with a 21-0 run.