Durant firepower seals Thunder's win

Kevin Durant scores 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in just 27 minutes as Orlando Magic are beaten in the NBA.

    Durant's (#35) efforts helped the Thunder build up a 38-point lead in the first half [Getty Images]
    Durant's (#35) efforts helped the Thunder build up a 38-point lead in the first half [Getty Images]

    Kevin Durant had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in just 27 minutes, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 127-99 victory over the Orlando Magic.

    The Thunder (20-20) built a 38-point lead in the first half, then coasted through the second, giving them an easier-than expected start to a five-game Eastern Conference road trip.

    Elsewhere, Tiago Splitter became the 12th different player to lead the Spurs in scoring this season, recording a game-high 14 points in a comfortable 89-69 victory over the Utah Jazz.

    The Spurs (26-16) have won eight straight games against Utah (14-27) in San Antonio since a last home loss to the Jazz in January 2010.

    Tyreke Evans made the winning hook shot with 1.6 seconds left and scored 26 points as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the struggling Toronto Raptors 95-93.

    Alexis Ajinca added 22 points for the Pelicans (20-10), who led by 16 points early in the second half, and trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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