Thunder, Durant overwhelm 76ers

PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Durant had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Jeff Green added 16 points and the Thunder cruised to a 111-93 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday night.

Nenad Krstic added 14 points and Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 14 assists for the Thunder, which is nearing its first playoff appearance since 2004-05 as the Seattle SuperSonics.

Elton Brand scored 22, Andre Iguodala added 21 and Jrue Holiday had 11 for the Sixers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Philadelphia has not won at least three in a row since a five-game streak from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9.

Former Florida standout Marreese Speights, a St. Petersburg native, and Rodney Carney added 10 points each for the Sixers.

As usual, Durant provided the big plays for the Thunder.

Durant, the league's second-leading scorer (29.6) behind LeBron James (29.8), sparked the Thunder with six points in the final 2:07 of the third quarter. After the Sixers got within 77-70, Durant drove by three defenders and threw down a dunk.

Durant, who has 22 double doubles this season, added a tough runner in the lane and two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining.

The Thunder had a 17-4 run to open the fourth quarter with reserves scoring all the points. Eric Maynor had six and James Harden five as the Thunder increased its lead to 101-78 with 5:55 left.

Oklahoma City shot 41 percent from the field but committed only four turnovers in the first half. As a result, the Thunder held a 56-45 advantage at halftime.

Game highlights: Danny Granger scored 25 of his 33 in the second half to lead the Pacers to a 102-95 victory over the Kings for their eighth straight home win. Troy Murphy added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Roy Hibbert and Earl Watson each scored 10 for the Pacers, who have won six of seven. Jason Thompson and Beno Udrih each had 18 points, and Carl Landry finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost five straight. Rookie of the year candidate Tyreke Evans, who missed the previous five games because of a concussion, had 17 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals.

Around the league: Rockets guard Kevin Martin sat out against the visiting Wizards with a sore left shoulder. He has missed three straight games. … The Wizards signed swingman Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract. … A federal judge dismissed a $90 million lawsuit claiming Heat star Dwyane Wade violated antitrust laws by walking away from the D. Wade's Place enterprise, a failed restaurant venture. Wade's former partners contended he sought to monopolize sales of memorabilia and personalized items. Wade still faces a breach of contract lawsuit.

Thunder 111, 76ers 93

OKLAHOMA CITY (111): Durant 8-17 8-11 26, J.Green 6-17 3-5 16, Krstic 7-12 0-0 14, Westbrook 3-12 4-4 10, Sefolosha 4-7 1-1 9, Collison 2-4 1-2 5, Harden 5-7 0-0 12, Ibaka 5-6 0-0 10, Maynor 3-4 2-4 9, Weaver 0-1 0-0 0, Ollie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-88 19-27 111.

PHILADELPHIA (93): Kapono 0-5 0-0 0, Brand 11-18 0-0 22, Dalembert 3-5 0-0 6, Holiday 3-7 5-6 11, Iguodala 9-12 1-2 21, W.Green 3-5 0-0 6, Speights 1-6 8-10 10, Carney 3-7 4-4 10, Meeks 3-7 0-0 7, Smith 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 36-76 18-22 93.

Oklahoma City 33 23 28 27— 111

Philadelphia 23 22 29 19— 93

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 6-12 (Harden 2-2, Durant 2-4, Maynor 1-1, J.Green 1-3, Sefolosha 0-1, Weaver 0-1), Philadelphia 3-11 (Iguodala 2-2, Meeks 1-2, Carney 0-2, Holiday 0-2, Kapono 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 55 (Durant 10), Philadelphia 42 (Speights 8). AssistsOklahoma City 27 (Westbrook 14), Philadelphia 19 (Iguodala 8). Total FoulsOklahoma City 18, Philadelphia 19. A14,809 (20,318).

Pacers 102, Kings 95

SACRAMENTO (95): Landry 8-15 1-2 17, Greene 2-6 0-0 5, Hawes 2-7 0-0 4, Udrih 8-17 2-3 18, Evans 6-13 4-4 17, Nocioni 4-12 0-0 9, Thompson 6-14 6-6 18, Udoka 2-7 0-0 5, Brockman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 39-92 13-15 95.

INDIANA (102): Granger 13-20 3-4 33, Murphy 6-13 4-4 19, Hibbert 5-12 0-0 10, Watson 4-8 0-0 10, Rush 3-12 1-2 8, Dunleavy 4-9 0-1 9, McRoberts 1-4 2-2 4, Price 2-3 0-0 5, S.Jones 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 39-83 12-15 102.

Sacramento 30 26 14 25— 95

Indiana 24 23 26 29— 102

3-Point GoalsSacramento 4-12 (Greene 1-1, Nocioni 1-2, Evans 1-2, Udoka 1-3, Udrih 0-4), Indiana 12-26 (Granger 4-7, Murphy 3-8, Watson 2-3, Price 1-2, Dunleavy 1-2, Rush 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 56 (Thompson 11), Indiana 46 (Murphy 13). AssistsSacramento 19 (Evans 10), Indiana 25 (Watson, Rush 5). Total FoulsSacramento 22, Indiana 16. TechnicalsSacramento defensive three second. A13,339 (18,165).

Thunder, Durant overwhelm 76ers 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:29pm]

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