Kevin Durant gets season-high 41 as Thunder wins 12th in row
Kevin Durant scored a season- high 41 points and had 13 rebounds as Oklahoma City held off host Atlanta, 100-92, Wednesday night for its 12th straight win. Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 11 assists for the Thunder.
The Thunder (21-4) improved the NBA's best record and atoned for a 104-95 home loss to the Hawks on Nov. 4. Oklahoma City is 20-2 since that loss.
Durant made six of nine shots in the fourth quarter, including three three-pointers, and the Hawks couldn't find a way to slow the 6-9 forward.
"We double-teamed him, we zoned him," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "He still made shots. You can't stop him when he's hot like that.''
Clippers 93, Hornets 77: Blake Griffin scored 18 points as the host Clippers notched their franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory. They matched the record set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves. Chris Paul had 12 assists, surpassing 5,000 in his career for the Clippers, whose 19-6 record is tied with the Knicks for second best in the NBA.
Celtics 103, Cavaliers 91: Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half for host Boston. Pierce made 10 of 11 from the floor after halftime, hitting his first eight, including his initial three three-point attempts. He made 13 of 16 from the field.
Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight assists for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Kyrie Irving paced Cleveland with 22 points.
Rockets 123, 76ers 103: James Harden had 33 points, scoring at least 20 for the seventh straight game for Houston. The 76ers have lost five in a row.
Harden made 17 of 18 free throws, including six in the fourth quarter, as Houston improved to 9-2 in its last 11 home games.
Former Knick Toney Douglas hit five three-pointers and scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Kings 131, Warriors 127: DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points as the host Kings snapped a five-game losing streak.
Pacers 104, Jazz 84: Reserve guard Gerald Green scored 21 points, and Paul George had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for host Indiana, which won for the fourth time in five games.
Raptors 97, Pistons 91: DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as host Toronto extended its winning streak to four. Jose Calderon had 17 assists, one shy of his season high, for the Raptors, who last won four straight from Nov. 17-24, 2010.
Greg Monroe scored a career-high 35 points for the Pistons, who lost their sixth straight.
Magic 90, Wizards 83: J.J. Redick scored 17 points and fellow reserve E'Twaun Moore had 15 to lead host Orlando, which won its fourth in a row.
Nene scored 20 points in a reserve role for the Wizards, who lost their fifth in a row.
Grizzlies 90, Bucks 80: Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 12 points and 12 rebounds for host Memphis, which won its third in a row. Isiah to join NBA TV
Isiah Thomas will join NBA TV as a studio analyst, beginning tomorrow night, the network announced. The former Knicks president and coach will make several appearances per month and also will contribute to NBA.com.