Kevin Durant steamrolls Bobcats as Thunder storm to 89-85 victory
AP Sunday, December 29, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Kevin Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-85 Friday night without injured guard Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder announced before the game that Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be out until after the All-Star break.
Durant scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished 14 of 28 from the field. Serge Ibaka had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who have won seven straight road games and 11 of 12 overall.
Reggie Jackson started in place of Westbrook, shooting 4 of 19 from the floor.
The Thunder escaped after Josh McRoberts missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 3 seconds left.
Kings 108, Heat 103, Ot DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 and Sacramento rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat undermanned Miami in overtime.
Isaiah Thomas added 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help the Kings snap Miami's six-game winning streak. Gay made a tying jumper in the final minutes of regulation, and Sacramento quickly pulled away in the extra period to bring the sellout crowd of 17,317 roaring to its feet.
LeBron James finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds for the two-time defending NBA champions. Miami played without Dwyane Wade (rest), Ray Allen (right knee tendinitis) and Chris Andersen (sore back).
Warriors 115, Suns 86 Stephen Curry had career highs of 16 assists and 13 rebounds to go with 14 points, and Golden State beat Phoenix for its fourth straight victory.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points for the Warriors and David Lee added 17.
P.J. Tucker had 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Suns, who had won three straight and eight of nine. It was Phoenix's worst defeat of the season.
Curry, who played 1 minute of the fourth quarter, had a rough shooting night and made just one of six 3-point attempts. He more than made up for it with his passing and rebounding for his third career triple-double.
Other games on Friday:
Magic 109, Pistons 92
Pelicans 105, Nuggets 89
Raptors 95, Knicks 83
Jazz 105, Lakers 103
Timberwolves 120, Wizards 98
Nets 104, Bucks 93
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