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NBA: Thunder’s win streak reaches 10

2012-12-15T11:00:00Z NBA: Thunder’s win streak reaches 10The Associated Press The Associated Press
December 15, 2012 11:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 113-103 on Friday night for their 10th straight win.

It’s the franchise’s longest winning streak since November 1996, when it won 11 in a row as the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Kings didn’t go away easily, closing to 103-98 after trailing by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas scored all 26 of his points in the final 131⁄2 minutes. He had four 3-pointers, a layup and a jumper during a 23-4 comeback attempt by Sacramento.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks had already emptied his bench, but ended up calling timeout to put starters back in and hold off the Kings.

Tyreke Evans had 21 points and Jason Thompson finished with 15 for Sacramento, which was outrebounded 43-29.

Nets 107, Pistons 105, 2 OT: Joe Johnson made a jumper from just inside the arc as time expired in the second overtime, giving Brooklyn the victory.

Johnson finished with 28 points for the Nets, scoring their final five in the second extra period.

Brandon Knight scored 22 points for the Pistons.

Rockets 101, Celtics 89: James Harden scored 21 points to help the Rockets get the win. Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points after scoring a season-high 34 in the Celtics’ double-overtime win at Dallas on Wednesday.

Nuggets 99, Grizzlies 94: Andre Miller scored each of his 18 points in the second half, including four free throws in the final 10.2 seconds, and Denver got the win against slumping Memphis.

Rudy Gay had 21 points for Memphis.

Pacers 96, 76ers 85:  Paul George scored 28 points and George Hill had a triple-double to lead the Pacers past the short-handed 76ers.

Evan Turner scored 20 points for the 76ers.

Lakers 102, Wizards 96:  Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak. Cartier Martin scored a season-high 21 points for Washington.

Magic 99, Warriors 85: J.J. Redick had 16 points to help Orlando hold on for the win Stephen Curry led Golden State with 25 points and David Lee had 24.

Bucks 90, Cavaliers 86:  Monta Ellis scored a season-high 33 points and the Bucks picked up their fourth consecutive victory.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points for Cleveland.

Raptors 95, Mavericks 74: Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto snapped a six-game losing streak.

Dallas went 0 for 13 from 3-point range, coming up empty for the first time since February 1999. Its stretch of 1,108 games had been the longest active streak in the NBA.

Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102: Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points and Minnesota won its third straight game.

Hornets rookie Austin Rivers had a career-high 27 points.

Suns 99, Jazz 84: Jared Dudley had a season-high 22 points for Phoenix.

Al Jefferson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz.

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