Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Durant carries Thunder in clutch

OKLAHOMA CITY — It took a late stretch of what Kevin Durant called some of the best basketball he has ever seen the Thunder play to beat the Wizards on Sunday night.

Durant had 33 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation and made the go-ahead free throws in overtime to lift Oklahoma City past Washington 106-105.

Serge Ibaka had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, which overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit for the first time since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City.

"That was definitely a resilient win," coach Scott Brooks said. "It was that never-quit mentality that we've always believed in and that's what happened (Sunday). We just battled and battled and battled and gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch."

Washington led for most of the second half and was up 92-82 with 3:26 left. But the Thunder, using a small lineup, closed regulation on a 14-4 run. Durant capped it with a straightaway 3 with 13.6 seconds left.

Former Gator Bradley Beal, who scored a career-high 34 for the Wizards, missed a running 12-footer at the buzzer.

"That last three minutes was some of the best basketball I've seen out of us since I've been here," Durant said. "I'm very proud of how we played at the end of the game. We have to do better, but that's a good stepping stone for us."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kevin Martin had 27 points, Kevin Love had 18 of his 25 during a 47-point first quarter and the visiting Timberwolves snapped a 22-game losing streak against the Lakers with a 113-90 victory. Minnesota hadn't beaten Los Angeles since March 6, 2007, and hadn't won at Staples Center since Dec. 2, 2005. … Danny Green had 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and the visiting Spurs pounded the Knicks 120-89 for their fourth straight victory.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The NBA and NBA Players Association are donating $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF's emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. … The Bobcats said coach Steve Clifford will coach tonight after having two stents placed in his heart Friday. … Nuggets center JaVale McGee is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. … Thunder forward Nick Collison sat out because of a bruised left hip.

Thunder 106, Wizards 105, OT

WASHINGTON (105): Ariza 7-13 0-5 15, Nene 5-6 4-10 14, Gortat 4-9 3-5 11, Wall 3-13 3-3 10, Beal 13-23 2-2 34, Webster 3-10 1-1 8, Harrington 4-10 0-0 11, Maynor 0-1 0-0 0, Seraphin 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 40-88 13-26 105.

OKLAHOMA CITY (106): Durant 12-23 8-9 33, Ibaka 11-18 3-4 25, Perkins 0-3 1-2 1, Westbrook 4-16 2-2 13, Sefolosha 4-8 0-0 8, Adams 0-3 1-2 1, Jones 2-4 0-0 5, Jackson 6-10 0-0 12, Lamb 2-6 3-3 8, Fisher 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-92 18-22 106.

Washington 24 18 31 23 9— 105

Oklahoma City 27 10 28 31 10— 106

3-Point GoalsWashington 12-29 (Beal 6-8, Harrington 3-6, Ariza 1-2, Wall 1-5, Webster 1-7, Maynor 0-1), Oklahoma City 6-20 (Westbrook 3-7, Jones 1-2, Durant 1-4, Lamb 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Ibaka 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 51 (Gortat 8), Oklahoma City 65 (Durant 13). AssistsWashington 23 (Wall 8), Oklahoma City 21 (Durant 6). Total FoulsWashington 19, Oklahoma City 20. TechnicalsNene 2, Westbrook 2, Oklahoma City delay of game, Oklahoma City defensive three second 2. Ejected—Nene, Westbrook. A18,203 (18,203).

Spurs 120, Knicks 89

SAN ANTONIO (120): Belinelli 3-4 2-2 9, Duncan 1-4 9-11 11, Diaw 1-1 2-2 4, Parker 8-12 1-2 17, Green 8-11 2-2 24, Ginobili 4-10 0-0 9, Splitter 2-4 0-0 4, Leonard 7-10 3-4 18, Mills 4-11 5-5 15, Ayres 0-3 0-0 0, De Colo 2-2 0-0 5, Joseph 1-1 2-2 4, Baynes 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 41-76 26-30 120.

NEW YORK (89): Anthony 5-10 6-8 16, Shumpert 1-5 1-2 3, Bargnani 5-10 5-6 16, Prigioni 1-1 0-0 3, Felton 3-10 0-0 7, J.Smith 1-9 2-2 5, World Peace 5-11 2-2 13, Udrih 3-9 0-0 6, Stoudemire 1-5 0-2 2, Hardaway Jr. 3-7 4-5 11, Aldrich 1-2 0-0 2, Murry 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 31-82 21-29 89.

San Antonio 35 26 29 30— 120

New York 17 28 15 29— 89

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 12-28 (Green 6-9, Mills 2-7, De Colo 1-1, Belinelli 1-2, Leonard 1-3, Ginobili 1-6), New York 6-22 (Prigioni 1-1, Bargnani 1-2, World Peace 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-4, Felton 1-5, J.Smith 1-5, Shumpert 0-1, Udrih 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 57 (Duncan, Green 10), New York 41 (Anthony 8). AssistsSan Antonio 22 (Parker 6), New York 16 (World Peace, J.Smith, Aldrich 3). Total FoulsSan Antonio 19, New York 22. TechnicalsNew York Coach Woodson. A19,812 (19,763).

Suns 101, Pelicans 94

NEW ORLEANS (94): Aminu 3-6 2-2 8, Davis 5-13 4-5 14, J.Smith 9-12 4-4 22, Holiday 8-17 0-0 16, Gordon 5-14 2-2 14, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Morrow 7-11 0-0 16, Stiemsma 0-1 0-0 0, Roberts 1-5 0-0 2, Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, Rivers 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 12-13 94.

PHOENIX (101): Tucker 1-5 0-0 2, Frye 1-6 1-2 3, Plumlee 4-9 0-0 8, Bledsoe 7-11 8-9 24, Green 6-12 2-2 15, Dragic 4-9 3-6 12, Mark.Morris 9-12 4-4 23, Goodwin 3-7 0-0 6, Marc.Morris 3-7 0-0 8, Christmas 0-0 0-0 0, Kravtsov 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-78 18-23 101.

New Orleans 16 22 27 29— 94

Phoenix 19 23 29 30— 101

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 4-13 (Gordon 2-4, Morrow 2-4, Aminu 0-1, Holiday 0-2, Roberts 0-2), Phoenix 7-22 (Marc.Morris 2-2, Bledsoe 2-3, Mark.Morris 1-1, Dragic 1-3, Green 1-5, Tucker 0-2, Frye 0-2, Goodwin 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 50 (Davis 12), Phoenix 45 (Plumlee 12). AssistsNew Orleans 20 (Holiday 7), Phoenix 14 (Bledsoe 6). Total FoulsNew Orleans 20, Phoenix 16. A13,154 (18,422).

Wolves 113, Lakers 90

MINNESOTA (113): Brewer 6-9 4-6 17, Love 8-17 5-5 25, Pekovic 6-14 2-3 14, Rubio 5-9 0-0 12, Martin 11-23 2-2 27, Cunningham 1-4 0-0 2, Barea 4-8 1-1 9, Shved 1-1 1-2 3, Price 1-1 0-0 2, D.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Dieng 0-1 0-0 0, Muhammad 0-1 0-0 0, Hummel 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 44-90 15-19 113.

L.A. LAKERS (90): Young 3-9 2-2 8, Gasol 5-12 1-3 11, Kaman 4-10 0-0 8, Nash 0-3 2-2 2, Blake 7-11 0-0 19, Johnson 2-10 0-0 5, Farmar 1-7 2-2 4, Meeks 6-10 2-2 16, Hill 3-5 1-3 7, Henry 1-8 0-4 2, S.Williams 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 35-92 10-18 90.

Minnesota 47 20 23 23— 113

L.A. Lakers 23 25 28 14— 90

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 10-20 (Love 4-9, Martin 3-5, Rubio 2-2, Brewer 1-3, Barea 0-1), L.A. Lakers 10-26 (Blake 5-7, S.Williams 2-5, Meeks 2-6, Johnson 1-2, Farmar 0-1, Nash 0-2, Young 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 62 (Love 13), L.A. Lakers 53 (Gasol 11). AssistsMinnesota 29 (Rubio 14), L.A. Lakers 24 (Blake 8). Total FoulsMinnesota 15, L.A. Lakers 16. TechnicalsL.A. Lakers delay of game 2. A18,997 (18,997).

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