Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 113-103 on Friday night for their 10th straight win.
It's the franchise's longest winning streak since 1996, when it won 11 in a row as the Seattle SuperSonics.
The Kings didn't go away easily, closing to 103-98 after trailing by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas scored all 26 of his points in the final 13½ minutes. He had four 3-pointers, a layup and a jumper during a 23-4 comeback attempt by Sacramento.
Thunder Coach Scott Brooks had already emptied his bench, but ended up calling a timeout to put his starters back in and hold off the Kings.
LAKERS 102, WIZARDS 96: Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, reserve Jodie Meeks added 24 and Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak with a win at Washington.
Slowed by foul trouble, Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers improved to 10-14.
Cartier Martin scored a season-high 21 points for Washington, which fell to an NBA-worst 3-17. But the Wizards led by as many nine points in the first half and, after trailing by as many 16 in the second, closed to 92-89 on Nene's free throws with 5½ minutes left in the game.
PACERS 95, 76ERS 85: Paul George scored 28 points, Roy Hibbert played his best all-around game of the season and George Hill had a triple-double to lead Indiana over short-handed Philadelphia at Indianapolis.
George scored 14 points during a third-quarter flurry that changed the game. Hibbert had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Hill had 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
BUCKS 90, CAVALIERS 86: Monta Ellis scored a season-high 33 points and Brandon Jennings added 16 as Milwaukee won at Cleveland.
The win gave Milwaukee a season-high four-game winning streak and was the Bucks' ninth straight victory over the Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving scored 26 points to lead Cleveland.
MAGIC 99, WARRIORS 85: J.J. Redick had 16 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds as Orlando won at home.
The Magic led by as many as 20 before having their lead trimmed to 10 points late. But they connected on nine 3-pointers to help secure the win. Andrew Nicholson added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The win snapped a four-game home losing streak for the Magic, who have won eight of their past nine against the Warriors.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 25 points.
RAPTORS 95, MAVERICKS 74: Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, rookie Terrence Ross had 18 points and Toronto snapped a six-game losing streak with a win at home.
Dallas went 0 of 13 from 3-point range, coming up empty for the first time since February 1999. Its stretch of 1,108 games had been the longest active streak in the NBA.
NETS 107, PISTONS 105: Joe Johnson made a jumper as time expired in the second overtime, giving Brooklyn a win at New York.
Johnson finished with 28 points for the Nets, scoring their final five in the second extra period. Gerald Wallace added 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Deron Williams scored 17 points and Andray Blatche had 16 for the Nets.
TIMBERWOLVES 113, HORNETS 102: Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points, and Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Minnesota won at New Orleans.
Pekovic was 14 of 18 from the field, scoring almost exclusively inside where Minnesota finished with a whopping 70-42 scoring advantage despite an off night for Kevin Love, who made only 4 of 18 shots. Love finished with 14 points, and Luke Ridnour had 15 and Alexey Shved 13.