Top defense falls to league-best attack as Oklahoma triumph against Indiana
December 11, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.
A meeting of the NBA's highest-scoring offense and the league's stingiest defense went the Thunder's way as they eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.
Of course, Oklahoma City boasts the NBA's second-best defense to go with all that offensive firepower.
Russell Westbrook added 21 points and came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert — 11 inches taller than him — during a late 8-0 burst by the Thunder that put it away after the Pacers had pulled within three.
David West had 21 points for Indiana, which had all five starters score in double figures.
Knicks 112, Nuggets 106 In New York, Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and New York the NBA's only team unbeaten at home.
Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.
Jason Kidd scored 17 points for the Knicks, who bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season a night earlier in Chicago and improved to 8-0 at Madison Square Garden. Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith each had 15 points.
Ty Lawson had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and nine rebounds against the team that drafted him and later dealt him in the package for Anthony in February 2011.
Jazz 117, Lakers 110 In Los Angeles, Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Mo Williams added 22 and Utah won its third straight.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, making 12 of 14 free throws, as they fell to 4-7 in their last 11 games.
Al Jefferson and reserves Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter added 14 points each for the Jazz, which improved to 4-9 on the road in ending a two-game skid away from home.
The Lakers never led in the second half while losing their second in a row. They trailed by three to start the fourth quarter only to get outscored 20-8 and fall behind by 15. Hayward had seven points and Kanter six in Utah's spurt.
Other Games On Sunday:
Magic 98, Suns 90
Bucks 97, Nets 88
Clippers 102, Raptors 83