Bobcats Down Nuggets – NBA Roundup For Jan. 30th
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma City won a statement game in the NBA last night. The Thunder fell behind Miami 18-2, then roared back to blow away the two-time defending NBA champions on their home court, 112-95. That's the ninth straight victory for the Thunder, who own the best record in West at 37-10.
For the 12th straight game, Thunder superstar Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points. Durant finished with 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 22 points.
Miami led 22-4, and then got outscored 87-53 in the next 2½ quarters.
LeBron James scored 34 for the Heat, with Chris Bosh scoring 18 and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade adding 15.
In other NBA action:
— Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to finally carry the Minnesota Timberwolves over the .500 mark with an 88-77 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
— Evan Turner sank a layup at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 95-94 win over the Boston Celtics. Spencer Hawes led Philly with 20 points, and tied his career high with four 3-pointers.
— The Phoenix Suns outscored Milwaukee 126-117. Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch) led all scorers with 30 for the Suns.
— Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 33 points and dished out 11 assists in Toronto's 98-83 win over Orlando. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors have won four of five.
— Chandler Parsons scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115.
— The Charlotte Bobcats downed Denver 101-98. Al Jefferson matched a season high with 35 points.
— The Chicago Bulls downed San Antonio 96-86. Jimmy Butler led seven Bulls in double figures with 19.
— Memphis downed the Sacramento Kings 97-87. Mike Conley led the way with 27 points and 10 assists.
— The L.A. Clippers topped Washington 110-103. Blake Griffin had a big night with 29 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs say Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left hamstring.
He was injured during Tuesday night's loss to Houston.
Ginobili is the latest in a long line of Spurs to miss time this season. Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter are all out with injuries.
Ginobili is averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 assists this season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks has been named coach of the Western Conference team for the NBA All-Star game. He earned the honor as the Thunder have clinched best record in the conference through games played Feb. 2. They clinched the best mark when Portland lost to Memphis Tuesday night.
Indiana coach Frank Vogel and his staff will lead the Eastern stars in the Feb. 16 All Star game in New Orleans.