Durant Hot Streak Continues – NBA Roundup For Jan. 23rd
UNDATED (AP)— The Oklahoma City Thunder would appear to be a problem for the San Antonio Spurs if they were to meet in the NBA Western Conference playoffs. The Thunder improved to 3-0 against the Spurs with a 111-105 victory behind Kevin Durant's 36 points. It's the ninth straight game that Durant has clicked for at least 30 points.
Reggie Jackson had 27 points and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which reclaimed the West's best record at 33-10.
Tony Parker's season-high 37 led all scorers for the Spurs, who lost top defender Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard late in the first half. Leonard left late in the first half after sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. His status is unknown, but a similar injury is expected to sideline Danny Green for a month.
In other NBA action:
— The Phoenix Suns scored one of their most impressive victories of the season last night. The Suns led from start to finish in routing the Indiana Pacers, the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, 124-100. Gerald Green had 23 as all five Suns starters hit double figures.
— Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime and the undermanned Boston Celtics broke a 10-game road losing streak with a 113-111 win over the Washington Wizards, who wilted yet again in their long and laborious quest to get above .500. Jeff Green scored a season-high 39 points. Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points for Boston.
— D.J. Augustin scored 27 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rik) and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Bulls posted a 98-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) to Cleveland. Deng scored just 11 points in his first game against the Bulls.
— Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charlotte to a 95-91 victory over the Clippers. That's the Bobcats' first win over Los Angeles in their last seven tries.
— DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 40 points, Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez had 17 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks 93-85.
— Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-106 victory over New York. That snapped the Sixers' three-game skid and sent the Knicks to a fifth straight loss.
— Paul Millsap had 24 points, Jeff Teague added 23 and the Atlanta Hawks hung on to beat the Orlando Magic 112-109.
__ Caron (kah-RAHN') Butler scored 30 points and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter for a 104-101 victory over Detroit.
__ Houston routed Sacramento 119-98. Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds. James Harden added 24 points and nine assists. The Kings struggled after losing top scorers Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins to injuries before halftime. Gay injured his Achilles and Cousins sprained an ankle.
TORONTO (AP) — Forward Landry Fields of the Raptors will be sidelined for several weeks after undergoing surgery on his right wrist. The 25-year old is expected to return to light practice in three weeks.