Kevin Durant finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 102-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Thunder 102, Cavaliers 95
MVP candidate Kevin Durant finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 102-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Durant, the forward who is the league’s leading scorer at 31.9 points per game, scored 25 of more points for the 33rd consecutive game.
It is the longest streak of its kind since Michael Jordan had a 40-game run in 1986-87. Power forward Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder (50-18).
Shooting guard Dion Waiters matched his season high with 30 points and added four assists for Cleveland (26-43).
The Cavaliers’ postseason hopes are almost dead, as they fell 6 1/2 games behind No. 8 Atlanta for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland used a late 21-2 run to pull within 97-92 with 1:12 to play but Durant sealed the game for Oklahoma City my sinking five of six foul shots in the last minute.
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Rockets 129, Timberwolves 106
Guard James Harden rebounded from a sluggish first quarter with an eruptive second quarter, pacing the Houston Rockets to a 20-point turnaround and a 129-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Harden finished with 28 points and eight assists as the Rockets (46-22) extended their home winning streak to 10 games. With the Timberwolves (34-33) leading 41-31, Harden scored 10 points during a 17-0 Houston run and scored 17 points in the second quarter.
The Rockets pushed their lead to 21 points in the third quarter in applying the knockout blow.
They did so despite exceptional performances from Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (29 points) and center Gorgui Dieng, who posted his third consecutive double-double and career highs in points (22) and rebounds (21).