Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker’s season-high 37, and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder survived a testy 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, their third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.
Reggie Jackson had 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Oklahoma City (33-10), which reclaimed the West’s best record.
The Spurs lost their top defensive stopper, Kawhi Leonard, who left late in the first half after sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Durant scored 24 points after Leonard left the game and has now scored 30 or more in nine straight games.
at Phoenix 124, Indiana 100: The Suns had six players in double figures, with three scoring at least 20 points, to rout the Pacers. Phoenix shot 69% from three-point range (11 of 16) and took advantage of 20 Indiana turnovers while turning it over only nine times.
Chicago 98, at Cleveland 87: D.J. Augustin scored 25 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng and, at 21-20, moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 22.
at Toronto 93, Dallas 85: DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 40 points and the Raptors overcame a 21-point, first-quarter deficit to end a two-game losing streak. Monta Ellis had 21 points for the Mavericks, who committed 21 turnovers and were playing without Dirk Nowitzki, who got the night off.
Boston 113, at Washington 111 (OT): Jeff Green scored 39 points, Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime and the Celtics broke a 10-game road losing streak. John Wall had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double for the Wizards (20-21), who haven’t won a game to move above .500 since Halloween 2009
Philadelphia 110, at New York 106: Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the 76ers ended a three-game losing streak and sent the Knicks to a fifth consecutive defeat.
at Houston 119, Sacramento 98: Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in three quarters to help the Rockets cruise past the Kings, who lost leading scorers Rudy Gay (Achilles’ tendon) and DeMarcus Cousins (sprained ankle).
Atlanta 112, at Orlando 109: Paul Millsap had 24 points, Jeff Teague added 23 and the Hawks, who blew a 19-point lead, handed the Magic its 12th loss in 13 games.
at Milwaukee 104, Detroit 101: Caron Butler scored 30 points and the Bucks rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to end a nine-game losing streak