Kevin Durant scores 51 points as Oklahoma City wins in 2 overtimes
Kevin Durant had 51 points and 12 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat host Toronto 119-118 in double overtime.
The Associated Press
TORONTO – Kevin Durant has played in plenty of exciting, amazing and memorable games.
He said Friday night’s game topped them all.
“That was the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of,” Durant said after his go-ahead three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the second overtime helped the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 119-118.
Durant collected 51 points and 12 rebounds and All-Star guard Russell Westbrook limped off in the third quarter as the Thunder rallied in the final minute of the second extra session to win.
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points for Toronto, which led 118-110 with 49 seconds left in the second overtime.
But the Thunder got closer on threes by Durant and Derek Fisher. Toronto’s John Salmons missed two free throws with 9.7 seconds left, setting up ex-Sonic Durant for his winning shot.
Westbrook scored 15 points before injuring his right knee in a collision with Kyle Lowry. Thunder officials said it was a sprain and Westbrook said, “I don’t expect to miss any time.”
76ers’ skid is at 23
PHILADELPHIA – Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the New York Knicks won their eighth straight game, 93-92 over Philadelphia — sending the 76ers to their 23rd straight loss.
The Sixers matched the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest losing streak in an NBA season.
Cleveland set the record of 26 consecutive losses in the 2010-11 season.
Asked if the 76ers are getting used to losing, guard Tony Wroten Jr. — a former Washington Huskies player — said, “I’m never used to losing. I speak for the team, too. There’s no such thing as getting used to losing.”
• Former Sonic Ray Allen scored a team-high 18 points to lead the host Miami Heat over Memphis. The two-time defending champion Heat trailed 84-77 with 4:08 left before going on an 11-0 run.
• The Brooklyn Nets beat Boston 114-98 for their 11th straight home victory. Avery Bradley, who played at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, scored a game-high 28 points for the Celtics.
• Marco Belinelli scored 17 points as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs won 99-79 at Sacramento. The Spurs have won 12 in a row.
Ex-Washington Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points for the Kings, who were held to a season low in points.