Thunder beat T-wolves in 115-111comeback
January 6, 2014, 12:07 am TWN
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Durant scored 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winner with 4 seconds to play to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder from 13 points down in a 115-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
Durant went 7 for 11 from the field and hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter to help the Thunder rebound from two straight losses at home.
Kevin Love played the entire second half and finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Wolves. But he missed four free throws in the final 27 seconds to let this one slip away. The last three came when he was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go and the Wolves down two.
Derek Fisher scored 13 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for Oklahoma City, which was outscored 66-46 in the paint.
Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic had 31 points and 11 rebounds.
Spurs 116, Clippers 92 Tiago Splitter had 22 points before leaving with a right shoulder injury, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Los Angeles in the Clippers' first game without injured All-Star Chris Paul.
Tony Parker had 17 points for San Antonio (26-8). Splitter left with 9:37 remaining after charging into Ryan Hollins' chest.
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points for Los Angeles, and Blake Griffin had 19. Darren Collison added 14 points and six assists while starting in place of Paul, who separated his right shoulder Friday night against Dallas.
76ers 101, Trail Blazers 99 Thaddeus Young had 30 points and Philadelphia held on for its fourth straight win, all on the road.
Evan Turner added 23 points and rookie star Michael Carter-Williams had 16, but fell hard on the court at the final buzzer when he was trying to keep Damian Lillard from scoring the tying basket.
Carter-Williams appeared to hit his head and stayed down for several moments while his teammates held off their celebration. When he finally rose, he held his hand to his head.
Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season. Robin Lopez added 14 points and 15 rebounds in just the Blazers' fourth loss at home this season.
Heat 110, Magic 94 Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points, helping Miami rally for the win.
Rashard Lewis added 18 points and LeBron James finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Heat's win was their eighth straight over the Magic. It was also Miami's 22nd consecutive divisional victory, leaving it just one win short of tying Boston's NBA record of 23 set in 1961.
Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points, and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic lost their third straight.
Pacers 99, Pelicans 82 Paul George had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures, and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for the win.
Lance Stephenson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Danny Granger came off the bench to score 13 and George Hill added 10 for Indiana.
Eric Gordon finished with 21 points for the Pelicans after scoring 17 in the first half. Alexis Ajinca scored 17 points, reserve Tyreke Evans added 12 and Anthony Davis 10 for New Orleans.
Five different Pacers scored as Indiana went on a 14-0 run over a 4:12 span of the third quarter. The Pelicans, meanwhile, missed seven straight field goals.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans, right, puts up a shot as Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, ...