Printed on: December 30, 2012

Thunder blast Rockets


HOUSTON -- Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 124-94 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Durant scored 11 points during a 16-0 run by the Thunder to end the first half and extend the lead to 18. Oklahoma City had another big run early in the third quarter to put the game further out of reach.

Former Thunder sixth man James Harden scored 25 for the Rockets, who went cold on offense for long stretches.

Kevin Martin, who came to Oklahoma City in the trade for Harden, finished 19 points and five 3-pointers. Westbrook had eight rebounds and eight assists. Marcus Morris scored a career-high 24 points for Houston.

Oklahoma City was up by six before the Rockets used an 8-4 spurt to close the gap to 52-50 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Thunder took control after that, scoring the last 16 points of the half.

Around the NBA

Grizzlies 81, Nuggets 72: At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch and the Grizzlies beat the Nuggets. Gay's rush was part of 10 straight points for Memphis, breaking open a 68-68 game with 4:45 left. His 18-footer with 1:25 left gave Memphis a 10-point lead, helping the Grizzlies snap a two-game losing skid.

Bucks 104, Heat 85: At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Bucks beat the Heat to spoil Dwyane Wade's return. Wade was back after serving a one-game suspension for flailing his leg and making contact with guard Ramon Sessions\\\' groin during the Heat's 105-92 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday.

Timberwolves 111, Suns 107: At Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 boards to lift the Timberwolves over the Suns. Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and five rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were missing guard Ricky Rubio because of back spasms.

Bulls 87, wizards 77: at Chicago, Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and lead the Bulls over the Wizards. Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls (16-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Warriors 101, Celtics 83: At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists, David Lee scored 20 points and the Warriors whipped the short-handed Celtics.

Hawks 109, Pacers 100: At Atlanta, Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the Hawks won their fourth straight. David West scored a game-high 29 points for the Pacers, who had won four straight and seven of eight.

Trail Blazers 89, 76ers 85: At Portland, Ore., Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and the Trail Blazers beat the 76ers for their eighth straight victory at home.

Nets 103, Cavaliers 100: At New York, Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Nets improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Raptors 123, Magic 88: At Orlando, Fla., DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, helping the Raptors to an easy victory over the injury-depleted Magic.

Hornets 98, Bobcats 95: At Charlotte, N.C., Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping the Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Bobcats' losing streak to 18 games. The Bobcats are one game away from a winless December. They haven't won since Nov. 24.