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McGrady shines; Durant better

Tracy McGrady, who scored 26 in his Knicks debut, shoots against the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, left, and James Harden.

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Tracy McGrady, who scored 26 in his Knicks debut, shoots against the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, left, and James Harden.

NEW YORK — Tracy McGrady's dazzling Knicks debut couldn't stop the surging Thunder, which got 36 points from Kevin Durant and beat New York 121-118 in overtime Saturday for an eighth consecutive victory.

Durant made the go-ahead jumper with 16 seconds left in his 27th consecutive game with at least 25 points, the longest streak since Allen Iverson's 27 in 2000-01. The previous longer streak was Michael Jordan's 40 in 1986-87.

McGrady scored 26 in his first game since the Knicks acquired him Thursday at the trade deadline. But he was on the bench for almost all of overtime after playing 32 minutes in his first action since December.

Russell Westbrook finished with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the longest win streak for the Thunder since a nine-game run early in 2004-05, when the franchise was based in Seattle. Jeff Green had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

David Lee had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who blew a six-point lead late in regulation and lost their sixth straight. Eddie House, also acquired at the trade deadline, scored a season-high 22.

McGrady had his first 25-point game since Jan. 9, 2009, when he had 26 for Houston at Oklahoma City, about a month before season-ending microfracture surgery.

McGrady was sitting and the Knicks trailed by five with about eight minutes remaining when a loud "We want T-Mac!" chant broke out. He returned about 1½ minutes later and helped the Knicks build a six-point lead, but he missed two free throws with 1:05 left.

A 3-pointer by Green and a layup by Westbrook cut it to 103-102 with 26 seconds to play. House made two free throws, but Durant buried a 3 to knot it at 105 with six seconds remaining.

Danilo Gallinari was short on a potential winning 3 to force overtime.

New York had its final lead of the extra period after House's jumper with 30 seconds left before Durant's jumper made it 119-118.

Game highlights: Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists and Antoine Wright a season-high 19 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards 109-104. Toronto, playing without All-Star forward Chris Bosh (sprained left ankle) for the second straight game, has scored 100 or more in 20 consecutive games and won nine of its past 10 at home. … Rookie Taj Gibson had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the host Bulls set a season high in points with a 122-90 victory against the 76ers. Teammate Kirk Hinrich made three 3-pointers to give him 773, surpassing Ben Gordon for the franchise record.

Around the league: Miami starting guards Dwyane Wade (strained left calf) and Rafer Alston (right hand) missed their second games and remain day to day. Both were hurt Wednesday against New Jersey. … Memphis' Ronnie Brewer, acquired Thursday from Utah, was diagnosed with a partially torn right hamstring. The swingman, hurt Friday against Miami, is out indefinitely. … Bulls center and ex-Gator star Joakim Noah returned after missing seven games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Raptors 109, Wizards 104

WASHINGTON (104): Miller 3-4 0-0 7, Blatche 11-21 2-3 24, McGee 4-6 2-3 10, Foye 5-13 1-1 14, Howard 5-17 6-8 17, Singleton 3-5 0-0 6, Oberto 0-1 0-0 0, Young 1-5 0-0 2, Thornton 5-9 0-2 10, Boykins 4-7 1-1 9, Ross 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 43-91 12-18 104.

TORONTO (109): Turkoglu 7-14 2-2 16, Bargnani 6-13 5-6 18, Nesterovic 5-7 0-0 10, Jack 6-9 8-8 23, DeRozan 1-2 0-0 2, Wright 7-10 2-4 19, Evans 0-3 3-6 3, Calderon 4-10 2-2 10, Weems 1-2 2-2 4, Johnson 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 38-73 26-32 109.

Washington 32 25 31 16— 104

Toronto 34 30 21 24— 109

3-Point GoalsWashington 6-14 (Foye 3-4, Miller 1-1, Ross 1-2, Howard 1-4, Blatche 0-1, Boykins 0-1, Singleton 0-1), Toronto 7-13 (Wright 3-3, Jack 3-4, Bargnani 1-3, Calderon 0-1, Turkoglu 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 51 (Miller, Howard 7), Toronto 44 (Evans 7). AssistsWashington 20 (Foye 6), Toronto 21 (Jack 8). Total FoulsWashington 26, Toronto 19.

Bulls 122, 76ers 90

PHILADELPHIA (90): Iguodala 7-15 6-7 23, Brand 2-8 3-5 7, Dalembert 3-5 0-0 6, Holiday 2-6 0-0 5, Iverson 5-13 3-4 13, Young 6-11 4-6 17, Williams 4-11 1-2 10, Kapono 0-4 0-0 0, Carney 1-4 0-0 2, Speights 3-7 0-0 6, Meeks 0-2 1-1 1. Totals 33-86 18-25 90.

CHICAGO (122): Deng 1-8 10-10 12, Gibson 9-14 2-2 20, Miller 4-10 6-7 15, Rose 7-16 2-4 17, Hinrich 7-11 0-0 17, Murray 5-13 0-0 12, Warrick 6-11 3-4 15, Noah 0-2 1-2 1, Pargo 1-5 0-0 3, Johnson 3-4 1-1 7, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Law 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 44-95 26-32 122.

Philadelphia 23 16 30 21— 90

Chicago 25 33 30 34— 122

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 6-19 (Iguodala 3-7, Young 1-1, Holiday 1-2, Williams 1-4, Carney 0-1, Kapono 0-4), Chicago 8-15 (Hinrich 3-4, Murray 2-4, Rose 1-1, Miller 1-2, Pargo 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Deng 0-1). Fouled OutSpeights. ReboundsPhiladelphia 54 (Brand 13), Chicago 63 (Gibson 13). AssistsPhiladelphia 19 (Iguodala 5), Chicago 26 (Rose 6). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 22, Chicago 18. TechnicalsHinrich, Johnson

McGrady shines; Durant better 02/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 20, 2010 11:17pm]

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