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Originally published January 22, 2014 at 9:42 PM | Page modified January 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

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Thunder beats San Antonio to reclaim best record in West

Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker’s season-high 37, and the Oklahoma City Thunder survived a testy 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, their third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.


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SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker’s season-high 37, and the Oklahoma City Thunder survived a testy 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, its third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.

Reggie Jackson had 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Oklahoma City (33-10), which reclaimed the West’s best record.

Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 14 points each, Marco Belinelli had 13 points and Manu Ginóbili added 10 points. Duncan added 13 rebounds, but San Antonio (32-10) struggled to overcome the loss of its top defensive stopper, Kawhi Leonard.

Durant finished 12 for 22, but struggled to get his shot off against the snug defense of the 6-foot-7 Leonard, who has a 7-4 wingspan. Leonard left the game late in the first half after suffering 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.

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D.J. Augustin scored 27 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng to Cleveland with a 98-87 win over the host Cavaliers.

Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Charlotte Bobcats to their first win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their past seven tries, 95-91. Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School had 20 points for the Clippers.

Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime and the undermanned Celtics broke a 10-game road losing streak with a 113-111 win over the Washington Wizards. Boston’s Avery Bradley from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma will miss two weeks with a sprained ankle.

Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in just three quarters to help the host Houston Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 119-98. The Kings struggled after losing top scorers Rudy Gay (Achilles) and DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) to injuries before halftime. Ex-Husky Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for the Kings.

Gerald Green scored 23 points against his former team, leading six Phoenix players in double figures, and the host Suns emphatically snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak with a 124-100 victory.



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