NBA roundup: Durant explodes for 44 in OT win

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[January 27, 2016]  The Sports Xchange
 NEW YORK -- Kevin Durant poured in a season-high 44 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 128-122 overtime win against the New York Knicks on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

It was the second time this season Durant went over the 40-point plateau. The All-Star forward scored 43 points against the Orlando Magic on October 30.

Durant pulled down three of his 14 rebounds in the overtime. He shot 12-for-26 from the floor and 16-for-18 from the line.

Russell Westbrook recorded 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder.

Raptors 106, Wizards 89

TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry scored 29 points to lead Toronto past Washington Wizards to tie the franchise record with a ninth consecutive win.

The Raptors also won nine straight in 2002.

DeMar DeRozan added 17 points for Toronto. Terrence Ross contributed 15 points off the bench, and center Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Reserve guard Cory Joseph chipped in with 10 points and six assists.

Heat 102, Nets 98

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 54 points to help lead Miami to the victory.

Bosh had 27 points, five rebounds and four assists, Wade had 27 points and eight assists, forward Justise Winslow had 13 points off the bench and forward Loul Dang had 10 points for the Heat.

Andrea Bargnani, who was listed as questionable because of an illness, erupted for 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second quarter for the Nets, who suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games.

Clippers 91, Pacers 89

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Paul scored 26 points, including a clutch jumper with 33.7 seconds remaining, and Los Angeles defeated a struggling Indiana squad.

J.J. Redick added 19 for the Clippers, who made 15 of 37 shots from 3-point range while the Pacers were five of 16 from beyond the arc.

Paul George had 31 for the Pacers, who are 3-17 when trailing after three quarters.

Sixers 113, Suns 103

PHILADELPHIA -- Ish Smith had 20 points and nine assists as Philadelphia beat Phoenix in a meeting of two of the NBA's worst teams.

Robert Covington added 19 points and Nik Stauskas had 15 for Philadelphia, which is 4-17 at home and 7-39 overall, both worst in the league. The Sixers, who are 6-9 since opening the season 1-30, won for the third time in five games.

Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel contributed 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals.

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Bucks 107, Magic 100

MILWAUKEE -- Jerryd Bayless sank a 3-pointer from the corner with 13.3 seconds left to lock down Milwaukee's victory over Orlando.

Bayless hit two 3-pointers in the quarter -- and three of the Bucks' five for the game -- as Milwaukee staved off a late Orlando rally, and finished with 12 points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 25 points on 12-for-16 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

Trail Blazers 112, Kings 97

PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum scored 18 points, and Damian Lillard chipped in 15 points and 13 assists as Portland broke open a tight game at halftime to beat Sacramento.

Gerald Henderson added 15 points, and seven players scored in double figures for the Trail Blazers, who moved percentage points ahead of Sacramento in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points for the Kings, one night after he had 56 in a double-overtime loss. Rajon Rondo collected 15 points and 11 assists.

Mavericks 92, Lakers 90

LOS ANGELES -- Dirk Nowitzki's baseline jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining lifted Dallas to a victory over Los Angeles.

J.J. Barea came off the bench to deliver 18 points, and Chandler Parsons scored 17 points and collected nine rebounds for the Mavericks. Nowitzki, who was hindered by foul trouble, added 13 points and six rebounds. Dallas defeated Los Angeles for the 10th consecutive time.

Jordan Clarkson had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost seven in a row.

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