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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Durant drops in 40 on Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder seemingly have found a winning formula — Kevin Durant and a lot of defense.

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Headed off at the rim: Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha blocks a shot by New Jersey's Brook Lopez in the fourth quarter on Monday night. The Thunder beat the Nets 105-89. AP PHOTO

Durant matched his season high with 40 points and the Thunder defeated New Jersey 105-89 Monday night, sending the Nets to their 10th straight loss — their second double-digit losing streak of the season.

The key for the Thunder was the final 17 minutes when they limited New Jersey to 17 points, including 13 in the final quarter.

"I was so pleased with the how we played in the fourth quarter," said Durant, who made 15 of 22 shots and excited the road crowd with a couple of big dunks. "No matter if I got 40 or not, we played so hard in the fourth and limited their touches, limited them to one shot and out and we got some easy baskets. That was a great effort in the fourth."

The win was the third straight for Oklahoma City.

Yi Jianlian matched his career high with 29 points to lead New Jersey, which set an NBA record with 18 straight losses to start the season.

Suns 118, Lakers 103

In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points and Jared Dudley matched his career best with 19 as the Suns ran past Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 for the Lakers but sat out the final eight minutes when the game was deemed out of reach by coach Phil Jackson.

Bobcats 94, Bucks 84

In Charlotte, Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Bobcats beat Milwaukee in a miserable performance for the Bucks that prompted coach Scott Skiles to bench Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut.

Brandon Jennings had 24 points for Milwaukee.

Grizzlies 116, Wash. 111 (OT)

In Memphis, O.J. Mayo scored 28 points and Zach Randolph had six of his 23 points in overtime as the Grizzlies beat Washington.

Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 30 points.

Kings 106, Nuggets 101

In Sacramento, Andres Nocioni made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points, helping the Kings beat Denver.

Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points for the Nuggets.

Warriors 103, Celtics 99

In Oakland, Monta Ellis scored 37 points and converted two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, and Golden State rallied from an early 18-point deficit to hand Boston its second two-game losing streak this season.

Rajon Rondo had 30 points and 15 assists to lead the Celtics.

76ers 104, Blazers 93

In Portland, Elton Brand had a season-high 25 points and nine rebounds in a reserve role, leading Philadelphia over the Trail Blazers.

Brandon Roy led Portland with 24 points.

McGrady wants out

HOUSTON (AP) A person with knowledge of the discussions said that Tracy McGrady's representatives asked the Houston Rockets to trade him.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because neither side has made an official comment.

The seven-time All-Star has been asking for more playing time as he tries to come back from offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee. He left the team and returned to Houston over the weekend.

The Houston Chronicle first reported Monday night that McGrady's representatives asked for a trade. General manager Daryl Morey was not immediately available and Bob Myers, McGrady's agent, did not immediately return a phone message left by the AP.

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