Durant stops shorthanded Knicks

The Thunder’s Kevin Durant scores 34, including key free throws late, to beat New York.

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The Thunder’s Kevin Durant scores 34, including key free throws late, to beat New York.

NEW YORK — Kevin Durant scored 34, including the go-ahead free throws with 1:38 left, and the Thunder pulled out a 95-94 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night.

Russell Westbrook struggled over the final three quarters but finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Thunder's first trip to New York since Dec. 22, 2010. Durant had eight rebounds and six assists.

Oklahoma City posted its third straight win, fighting off a spirited effort by a Knicks team missing All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

J.R. Smith scored a season-high 36 for the Knicks, but missed a turnaround jumper that would have won it as time ran out.

Anthony missed his second straight game with what the Knicks said is a stiff and sore right knee. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Anthony is day-to-day.

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Around the league: Cavs star Kyrie Irving could be sidelined again if his right knee continues to cause pain, coach Byron Scott said. Irving, who rested for a week, said after a victory Wednesday over the Jazz that his knee was still hurting. … Suns center Marcin Gortat will likely be out for the season after spraining his foot in a loss Wednesday.

Thunder 95, Knicks 94

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Ibaka 5-7 2-2 12, Durant 9-20 14-15 34, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2, Westbrook 8-22 4-6 21, Sefolosha 1-2 0-0 2, Kev.Martin 4-6 5-6 16, Collison 0-1 0-0 0, Fisher 0-4 0-0 0, Jackson 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 31-70 25-29 95.

NEW YORK (94): Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, White 2-5 0-0 6, Chandler 3-4 3-3 9, Shumpert 1-7 0-0 2, Felton 6-16 3-3 16, Stoudemire 5-16 6-6 16, Smith 14-29 2-2 36, Kidd 0-2 0-0 0, Novak 1-2 0-0 3, Ken.Martin 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 35-86 14-14 94.

Oklahoma City 35 24 16 20— 95

New York 26 30 25 13— 94

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 8-21 (Kev.Martin 3-5, Jackson 2-2, Durant 2-6, Westbrook 1-4, Ibaka 0-1, Sefolosha 0-1, Fisher 0-2), New York 10-31 (Smith 6-13, White 2-3, Novak 1-2, Felton 1-8, Kidd 0-1, Shumpert 0-4). Fouled OutKen.Martin. ReboundsOklahoma City 50 (Ibaka 9), New York 44 (Kidd, Chandler 10). AssistsOklahoma City 16 (Durant 6), New York 10 (Kidd, Smith, Felton 3). Total FoulsOklahoma City 17, New York 21. TechnicalsSefolosha, Oklahoma City defensive three second, Smith. A19,033.

Durant stops shorthanded Knicks 03/07/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:28am]

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