Kevin Durant’s three-point shot at buzzer lifts Thunder over Mavericks, 104-102
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-102 victory against the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.
The Thunder let Dallas wipe away a five-point deficit in the final 46 seconds to go ahead on Vince Carter’s three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining. That was just enough time for Oklahoma City to get the ball to Durant, who drilled a three from the right wing that improved his team to 4-0.
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mavericks, whose NBA title defense is off to an 0-3 start.
The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook had 16 points and seven turnovers in another subpar performance, but he made up for it with a few critical plays down the stretch.
at Houston 105, San Antonio 85: Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Luis Scola added 18 and Kyle Lowry had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Rockets took advantage of the Spurs’ poor shooting at the start and built a big lead. DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which shot 38% (35 of 93) and went two for 17 from three-point range. Tim Duncan made one of eight shots and scored four points.
at Orlando 94, New Jersey 78: Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 24 rebounds and the Magic cruised past the Nets. It was the 49th career 20-rebound game for Howard, whose career high is 26. Jason Richardson added 16 points for Orlando — including 15 in the first half — and J.J. Redick scored 15 points off the bench. Rookie forward MarShon Brooks led New Jersey with 17 points. Deron Williams missed his first six shots and finished two for 12 with only 10 points.
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