Kevin Durant scores season-best 48 to lead Oklahoma City past Minnesota
Seattle Times news services
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant scored 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winner with four seconds to play to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder from 13 points down in a 115-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
“I just hear a lot of stuff and I just wanted to come through for my team in the fourth quarter,” Durant said, an apparent shot at some trash talk he heard from the Minnesota bench.
Durant went 7 for 11 from the field and hit four three-pointers in the final quarter to help the Thunder rebound from two straight losses at home.
Kevin Love played the entire second half while finishing with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Minnesota. But he missed four free throws in the final 27 seconds to let this one slip away. The last three came when he was fouled on a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go and the Wolves down two.
“I was more upset about the first one I missed,” Love said. “I left it short. I think they were flat and short. There was no real air under them. Just missed them.”
Rivers: Griffin rumors ‘stupid’
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said an ESPN report about the team having a discussion about trading Blake Griffin to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony was “so stupid.”
Rivers clearly was upset about the report and about being asked about the so-called trade talks by reporters before the Clippers were routed by the San Antonio Spurs, 116-92.
Rivers said the Clippers aren’t engaged in talks to trade Griffin for Anthony and aren’t going to trade their All-Star power forward.
“My whole issue with any of that ... is that that network to me reports a story that they created and then they do reports on it for the next two days, on a story that they created,” Rivers said. “But it’s stupid.”
In the Spurs’ victory, Tiago Splitter had a season-high 22 points before he left with a shoulder injury, Tim Duncan had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Former Rainier Beach star Jamal Crawford had 24 points and seven assists for the Clippers, in their first game without injured All-Star Chris Paul.
The Clippers still are uncertain on the prognosis of Paul, who is expected to miss three to five weeks after separating his shoulder Friday at Dallas.
•Thaddeus Young matched his season-high with 30 points and visiting Philadelphia held off a furious late rally by Portland for a 101-99 victory. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for Portland.
• Kemba Walker had 30 points to help Charlotte to a 113-103 victory in Sacramento. Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and eight assists for the Kings.
• Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for a 99-82 win over visiting New Orleans.
• Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points and visiting Miami rallied to beat Orlando 110-94. Rashard Lewis had 18 points and LeBron James 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Heat’s win was its eighth straight over the Magic.
• Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe will be out for at least another week with a sprained right knee.