Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant netted 33 points, extending his
30-or-more points streak to 12 games, and the Thunder routed the Miami Heat,
112-95, on Wednesday night. Durant was 12-of-23 from the floor and added
seven rebounds and five assists for Oklahoma City, which has won nine straight
games. Durant's 12-game stretch of 30-or-more points is the longest since
Tracy McGrady did it in 14 consecutive outings during the 2002-03 season.
The Heat raced out to an 18-2 start, but the Thunder outscored them 110-77 the
rest of the way. OKC shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from beyond the arc and held
a 20-8 margin in fast-break points. Serge Ibaka tallied 22 points and eight
rebounds, Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points and was 4-of-6 from deep and Derek
Fisher knocked down all five of his 3-point attempts in the triumph. LeBron
James had 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting for the Heat, who fell to 19-4 at
home this year and are 5-5 in their last 10 tilts.
Final Score: Toronto 98, Orlando 83
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Lowry scored 30 of his 33 points in the
first and third quarters and the Toronto Raptors led wire-to-wire in a 98-83
win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Amir Johnson added 22 points and 11
rebounds and Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 with 15 boards for the Raptors, who
have won four of five. They were without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan (ankle)
for the second straight game. Nikola Vucevic returned from a 12-game absence
because of a concussion and had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Orlando.
Jameer Nelson scored 13. The Magic went 0-3 on a road trip after beating
the Lakers for one of their two wins since Dec. 29. They have dropped 10 in
a row on the road and are an NBA-worst 3-21 outside of their building this
Final Score: Philadelphia 95, Boston 94
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Turner got a tough, off-balanced jumper
to fall at the buzzer as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Boston Celtics,
95-94, in a battle of the bottom two teams in the Atlantic Division. Spencer
Hawes led Philadelphia with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Turner and
Thaddeus Young each scored 16 to help the Sixers snap a three-game slide.
Boston dropped its fourth straight game despite Jared Sullinger going for 24
points and 17 rebounds.
Final Score: Phoenix 126, Milwaukee 117
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic scored a game-high 30 points
to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 126-117 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on
Wednesday. Gerald Green scored 23 points, Marcus Morris added 16 points and
Channing Frye 13 for the Suns, winners in three straight. Ersan Ilyasova
scored 27 points, Brandon Knight finished with 24 points and eight assists
and Kris Middleton chipped in with 17 points for the Bucks, who dropped their
fourth straight game.
Final Score: Minnesota 88, New Orleans 77
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds
and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Pelicans 88-77 Wednesday.
Kevin Martin added 18 points for Minnesota and Dante Cunningham and J.J. Barea
combined to score 22 off the bench. The Timberwolves (23-22) have won five
of their last six to move above .500 for the first time since they were 8-7
after a victory on Nov. 23. Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and 12 rebounds
for the Pelicans, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Detroit at Atlanta, postponed
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wednesday's game between the Detroit Pistons
and Atlanta Hawks was postponed because of severe weather in the Southeast. A
makeup date has not yet been determined. A state of emergency was in effect
for the area, as snow and ice has stranded motorists in Atlanta and forced
students to sleep at schools.
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