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Thunder hold off fierce Cavaliers comeback

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a furious Cleveland comeback for a 102-95 win over the injury-riddled Cavaliers on Thursday.

Durant missed five of his first six shots, but the NBA's top scorer finally found his touch. He has scored 25 or more in 33 straight games — the NBA's second-longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times (1986-87).

With their 50th win, the Thunder, who let a 24-point lead dwindle to five in the fourth, moved within 1 and a half games of San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference.

Dion Waiters scored 30 for the Cavs, who were without injured star guard Kyrie Irving.

Rockets 129, Timberwolves 106 James Harden had 28 points with eight assists as Houston rolled to victory over Minnesota.

The Rockets trailed by as many as 10 before using a big run in the second quarter to take the lead.

Turkish center Omer Asik started in his place of injured Dwight Howard, who has an a strained left ankle, and scored 12 points as the Rockets won for the seventh time in 10 games.

Kevin Love scored 29 points and Senegalese rookie Gorgui Dieng had 22 points and 21 rebounds, both career-highs.

Trail Blazers 116, Wizards 103 Wesley Matthews had 28 points, including four 3-pointers, as Portland beat Washington.

Damian Lillard added 23 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who are still without injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

Portland remained in fifth place in the Western Conference with three victories in their last four games after a four-game losing streak.

John Wall had 24 points and 14 assists for the Wizards, who have lost two straight to open four-game West Coast swing.

Warriors 115, Bucks 110 Stephen Curry had 31 points and 11 assists and Klay Thompson scored 29 as Golden State moved 18 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years.

David Lee added 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Warriors win a tougher-than-expected game against the NBA's worst team.

Golden State remains in sixth place in the tight Western Conference standings, 1 and a half games behind Portland and 2 and a half games ahead of Memphis and Dallas with 12 games left.

Brandon Knight had 27 points and eight rebounds, and Ramon Sessions scored 18 for Milwaukee, which has lost six straight and nine of 10.

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