Durant back on form for Thunder

Kevin Durant was on form as the Oklahoma City Thunder got back to winning ways against the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Steven Adams the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies [AFP]
    Steven Adams the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies [AFP]

    Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma City to a 86-77 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Durant, who returned to form after his 12-game streak of 30-point games ended in Brooklyn on Friday, also racked up eight rebounds and eight assists for the Western Conference-leading Thunder (39-11).

    Zach Randolph paced the Grizzlies (26-21) with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

    Dwyane Wade had 30 points and LeBron James nearly had his first triple-double of the season, leading the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

    James had 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Heat (34-13) avenged one of their four home losses this season.

    Detroit (19-28) had its two-game win streak snapped and lost ground on idle Charlotte (21-28), which currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    Tony Parker scored 21 of his game-high 32 points in the second half and helped erase a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes with a 38-19 fourth quarter to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

    The Pelicans led by as many as 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Spurs (35-13) unleashed a 21-4 blitz in a 6:08 span to take an 87-84 lead.

    Danny Granger scored a season-high 16 points to lead a dominant effort from the Indiana Pacers' bench in a 98-79 blowout of the Orlando Magic.

    Lance Stephenson had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Eastern Conference-leading Indiana.

    John Wall scored 22 points and Trevor Ariza added 20 as the Washington Wizards moved above .500 for the first time since 2009 with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Brandon Knight's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 101-98 victory over the New York Knicks.

    Knight's shot, his fourth three-pointer of the night, came seconds after Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony tied the game at 98-98 with his sixth of the night from long distance.

    Anthony finished with 36 points.

    All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a routine 124-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Five other Mavericks (28-21) scored in double figures, while All Star guard Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 27 for the Cavaliers (16-32).

    Deron Williams broke out of a personal slump in a big way, scoring 21 points to help the Brooklyn Nets earn a 108-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Williams notched 20 points for the first time in about a month, while Paul Pierce had a game-high 25 points for the Nets (21-25).

    Philadelphia rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points for the 76ers (15-34).

    All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and centre Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors earned a rare 94-79 win in Utah.

    The Raptors improved to 26-22 after winning in Utah for just the second time in nine visits since 2006.

    Guard Randy Foye hit a three-pointer at the buzzer as the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-115 in dramatic fashion.

    Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and guard Ty Lawson added 27 points for the Nuggets (23-23), who won for the first time in three games.

    Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes had made a three-pointer with 6.2 seconds left that gave Los Angeles a two-point lead before Foye's bucket stole the victory.

    Blake Griffin had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers (34-17).

    DeMarcus Cousins finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds in his return from a left ankle injury, and Sacramento held the Chicago Bulls to 28 percent shooting in a 99-70 rout that snapped a seven-game losing streak.

    Cousins, who missed six straight games after spraining his ankle at Houston on 22nd January, finished with his 29th double-double of the season and played nearly 34 minutes.

    Guard Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and forward Rudy Gay collected 14 for Sacramento (16-32).

    SOURCE: Reuters


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