Basketball – Durant returns to form in win over Grizzlies

Basketball - Durant returns to form in win over Grizzlies

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma City to an 86-77 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Durant, who returned to form after his 12-game streak of 30-point games ended in Brooklyn on Friday, also racked up eight rebounds and eight assists for the Western Conference-leading Thunder (39-11).

Zach Randolph paced the Grizzlies (26-21) with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

- – - -

Heat 102, Pistons 96

Dwyane Wade had 30 points and LeBron James nearly had his first triple-double of the season, leading the Miami Heat to a victory over the Detroit Pistons.

James had 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Heat (34-13) avenged one of their four home losses this season.

Detroit won in Miami 107-97 on Dec. 3.

Detroit (19-28) had its two-game win streak snapped and lost ground on idle Charlotte (21-28), which currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

- – - -

Spurs 102, Pelicans 95

Tony Parker scored 21 of his game-high 32 points in the second half and helped erase a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes with a 38-19 fourth quarter to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans led by as many as 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Spurs (35-13) unleashed a 21-4 blitz in a 6:08 span to take an 87-84 lead.

Reserve guard Anthony Morrow scored 20 points for New Orleans (20-27).

- – - -

Pacers 98, Magic 79

Danny Granger scored a season-high 16 points to lead a dominant effort from the Indiana Pacers’ bench in a blowout of the Orlando Magic.

Indiana (37-10) is 25-2 against teams that are now below .500 and went on a tear midway through the second half to dispatch Orlando (13-37).

Lance Stephenson had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Eastern Conference-leading Indiana.

- – - -

Wizards 100, Trail Blazers 90

John Wall scored 22 points and Trevor Ariza added 20 as the Washington Wizards moved above .500 for the first time since 2009 with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Washington (24-23) won for the fourth time in six games. The Wizards last owned a winning record when they were 2-1 on October 31, 2009.

Damian Lillard scored 25 points for the Trail Blazers (34-14), who lost for the third time in four games.

- – - -

Bucks 101, Knicks 98

Brandon Knight‘s three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining led the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the New York Knicks.

Knight’s shot, his fourth three-pointer of the night, came seconds after Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony tied the game at 98-98 with his sixth of the night from long distance.

The Bucks (9-39) had lost 15-of-16 and six in a row, but behind Knight’s 25 points, they beat New York (19-29) for the first time since March 9, 2012.

Anthony finished with 36 points.

- – - -

Mavericks 124, Cavaliers 107

All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a routine victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Five other Mavericks (28-21) scored in double figures, while All Star guard Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 27 for the Cavaliers (16-32).

-  – - -

Nets 108, 76ers 102

Deron Williams broke out of a personal slump in a big way, scoring 21 points to help the Brooklyn Nets earn a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Williams notched 20 points for the first time in about a month, while Paul Pierce had a game-high 25 points for the Nets (21-25).

Philadelphia rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points for the 76ers (15-34).

- – - -

Raptors 94, Jazz 79

All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and center Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors earned a rare win in Utah.

The Raptors improved to 26-22 after winning in Utah for just the second time in nine visits since 2006.

Forward Marvin Williams scored a season-high 23 points for the Jazz (16-32).

 

February 5, 2014 By : Category : English,featured,inthespotlight,Teams 0 Comment Print

Leave a Reply