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Durant maintains 30-plus scoring run

Kevin Durant scored 36 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat San Antonio 111-105 in the NBA.

Last updated: 23 Jan 2014 08:10
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Durant scored 30-plus points for the ninth game running [AFP]

Kevin Durant had another stellar offensive performance, scoring 36 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat San Antonio 111-105 to move a half-game in front of the Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference.

Durant recorded his ninth straight game with at least 30 points, going 12 of 22 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line for the Thunder (33-10).

Elsewhere, the Sacramento Kings lost two key offensive cogs to injury in their 119-98 defeat to the Houston Rockets.

Evan Turner scored a season-high 34 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-106 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-best 40 points and the Toronto Raptors came back from 21 points down to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 93-85.

DJ Augustin scored a game-high 27 points to lead the depleted Chicago Bulls to a 98-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Gerald Henderson dunked with 22.5 seconds left and Josh McRoberts hit two free throws with 13.9 seconds left to give the Charlotte Bobcats a 95-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Green scored a season-high 39 points with a career-best eight three-pointers as the short-handed Boston Celtics outlasted the Washington Wizards 113-111.

Paul Millsap had 24 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 112-109 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Caron Butler scored 30 points and the Bucks snapped a nine-game losing streak with a victory over the Pistons with a 104-101 win.

Guard Gerald Green scored 23 points and made three of Phoenix's 11 three-pointers, and Goran Dragic added 21 points as the Suns blitzed the NBA's best team 124-100.

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