NBA Roundup

Durant’s 31 helps Thunder get back on track

2014-02-04T00:00:00Z Durant’s 31 helps Thunder get back on trackThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 04, 2014 12:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their home dominance, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 86-77 on Monday night.

Oklahoma City (39-11) had a 10-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Washington, but the Thunder moved to 21-3 at home while winning their seventh straight game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Zach Randolph had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 13 points for Memphis (26-21), which lost for the second time in 13 games. The Grizzlies had won six straight games, the NBA’s longest winning streak entering Monday.

Coming off a remarkable January during which he averaged 35.9 points per game on 54.9-percent shooting, Durant finished 11 of 21 from the field.

Ibaka posted his 19th double-double of the season, going 10 of 17 from the field. He also teamed with Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams (who had four blocked shots) to slow Memphis’ potent frontcourt of Randolph and Gasol. Memphis couldn’t counter with outside shooting. The Grizzlies went 2 of 16 from three-point range.

Wizards over .500 – finally

WASHINGTON — No, confetti didn’t fall from the rafters, and there’s no parade scheduled for Pennsylvania Avenue.

But John Wall pumped his right arm and smiled broadly as he dribbled out the clock, and the first word out of Bradley Beal’s mouth when he addressed the crowd said it all: “Finally.”

The Washington Wizards (24-23) celebrated what they hope is the end of mediocrity Monday night, moving above .500 for the first time in more than four years with a 100-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

“It’s only one game over, but, yeah, it’s a big relief,” said Wall, who has endured more than his share of Wizards frustration since his selection as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Wall scored 22 points, and Trevor Ariza added 20 and had another solid defensive game for the Wizards, who hadn’t had a winning record since beating the New Jersey Nets to improve to 2-1 on Halloween in 2009.

Monday’s other games

Pacers 98, Magic 79: In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 16 points, Paul George and Lance Stephenson each added 15, and Indiana beat Orlando. Indiana (37-10) won for the second time in three days and maintained its grip on the NBA’s best record.

Heat 102, Pistons 96: In Miami, LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season, and Miami on for the fifth time in six games. James had 24 points and 11 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and Chris Bosh added 17.

Nets 108, 76ers 102: In New York, Paul Pierce scored 25 points, Deron Williams added 21 and Brooklyn stopped a three-game losing streak.

Spurs 102, Pelicans 95: In New Orleans, Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists, and San Antonio overcame a 14-point deficit. Tim Duncan scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.

Bucks 101, Knicks 98: In Milwaukee, Brandon Knight made a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points, and Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak.

Mavericks 124, Cavaliers 107: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 16 and the Mavericks pulled away from Cleveland, handing the Cavaliers their fifth straight loss.

Nuggets 116, Clippers 115: In Denver, Randy Foye hit a three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and the Nuggets overcame a 36-point performance by Blake Griffin to win. Kenneth Faried had a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who denied the Clippers their sixth win in seven games.

Raptors 94, Jazz 79: In Salt Lake City, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 to help Toronto turn back Utah for its fourth win in five games.

Kings 99, Bulls 70: In Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings. Sacramento shot 52.2 percent from the field while holding the Bulls to 28.2 percent.

Rim shots

DENVER — The Los Angeles Clippers’ All-Star point guard Chris Paul is inching closer to playing basketball again, perhaps as soon as Friday when his team hosts Toronto at Staples Center.

Paul, who has sat out 16 games because of a separated right shoulder, has been doing some shooting and running drills on his own.

Joe Johnson missed Brooklyn’s game against Philadelphia on Monday due to tendinitis in his right knee. It was the second game that Johnson missed for the Nets, who’ve dealt with injuries all season long and rolled out their 18th different starting lineup this season.

  • New Orleans learned that sidelined center
  • Jason Smith
  • won’t be back this season. He had surgery last Wednesday to remove loose cartilage in his right knee. The 7-foot Smith had not played since Jan. 15. In 31 games this season, Smith has averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.

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