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Kevin Durant has another big night as Thunder tops Bucks

Durant missed his first eight shots, but finished with 33 points in a 101-85 Thunder win.


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OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant did the expected.

And for a change, Oklahoma City’s defense came along for the ride.

Durant scored 33 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 17 rebounds and the Thunder snapped a two-game skid by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 101-85 Saturday night.

Coming off two poor defensive efforts, the Thunder held the Bucks to 40 percent shooting and sent them to their fifth consecutive loss.

“All we wanted to focus on was defense,” Durant said. “We told the guys before the game, ‘Don’t worry about making shots or missing shots, just worry about locking in on defense.’ ”

Durant took care of much of the offense, though much of his damage came after a hard fall. He went up to block a shot in the second quarter, hit the floor and remained there for a few minutes. He got up and walked to the bench on his own as the crowd’s cheers broke a concerned silence. Moments later, he made his first three-pointer of the game. He made 7 of 9 shots from the field after the fall.

“That fall woke me up,” said Durant, who missed his first eight shots from the field.

Jeremy Lamb added 17 points for the Thunder, who had lost four of six.

Rockets overcome rain delay, blown lead

WASHINGTON — There was a pair of rain delays at an NBA game on Saturday night, a curious happening that was followed by another strange turn of events: The Houston Rockets built a 25-point lead, lost all of it, then rallied from five points down late in the fourth quarter for a 114-107 win over the Washington Wizards.

Long after the stoppages of 35 and 22 minutes because of a leak in the roof, James Harden gave the Rockets the lead for good with a three-point play with 1:54 remaining. He finished with 25 points.

Around the league

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and former Husky star Terrence Ross added 14 to lead host Toronto past Brooklyn 96-80.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help Portland hand visiting Boston its eighth straight loss, 112-104.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 40 points to lead Dallas to a comeback victory over New Orleans at home, 110-107.

Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-92 victory over host Philadelphia for their fourth straight win.

Josh Smith’s driving bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave host Detroit a 110-108 win over Phoenix.



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