Durant’s streak ends, but Thunder rolls
Kevin Durant’s 30-point streak ended at 12 games when he scored 26 in just 30 minutes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 10th in a row with a 120-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets last night.
Serge Ibaka made all 12 shots and added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were so good that Durant sat the entire fourth quarter, the only way to slow him down right now.
The NBA’s leading scorer finished 10-of-12 from the field, though his scoring average during his sensational January dropped from 36.6 to 35.9.
Oklahoma City shot 63.6 percent, highest in the NBA this season, and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17.
MAGIC 113, BUCKS 102
Arron Afflalo scored 21 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and the Magic ran past the Bucks.
The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak and extended their home winning streak over Milwaukee to 16 games.
Nik Vucevic had 12 points and six rebounds in his second game back from a concussion.
GRIZZLIES 94, TIMBERWOLVES 90
Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Grizzlies overcame another strong effort by Kevin Love to beat the Timberwolves.
Playing on a sore left ankle throughout the second half, Love led Minnesota with 28 points and 16 rebounds.
HAWKS 125, 76ERS 99
Mike Scott and Elton Brand scored 18 points apiece to lead seven Hawks in double figures and Atlanta routed the 76ers.
DeMarre Carroll contributed 13 points, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Lou Williams had 12 apiece, and Kyle Korver added 11 points for the Hawks.
MAVERICKS 107, KINGS 103
Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points and Dallas held off Sacramento, handing the Kings their sixth straight loss in another game without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins.
A night after being named an All-Star for the 12th time, Nowitzki helped the Mavericks rally in the fourth quarter after they squandered a double-digit lead in the first half and fell behind by 14 in the third.
RAPTORS 100, NUGGETS 90
DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 18 and the Raptors ended a decade-long drought in Denver by beating the short-handed Nuggets.
Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry added 13 points apiece for the Raptors, who snapped a nine-game losing streak in the Mile High City dating to 2003.
The Nuggets announced during the game that guard Nate Robinson had season-ending surgery earlier yesterday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
J.J. Hickson and Evan Fournier led the Nuggets with 18 points apiece. Hickson also had 13 rebounds. Randy Foye, playing point guard, had 10 points and 16 assists. But he also committed eight of the Nuggets’ 26 turnovers.