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Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

Durant, Thunder ruin McGrady's Knicks debut

NEW YORK (AP) Tracy McGrady's dazzling debut was just about everything the New York Knicks could have hoped for.

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New surroundings: Tracy McGrady (3) goes up for a shot against Thunder defenders Serge Ibaka, left, and James Harden during his first game with the Knicks on Saturday in New York. AP PHOTO

It just wasn't enough to stop Kevin Durant and the surging Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant scored 36 points and made the go-ahead jumper with 16 seconds left in overtime, and the Thunder beat New York 121-118 Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.

"We knew there was going to be a lot of energy in the building with Tracy McGrady coming in," Durant said. "He played phenomenal. He's back. He played well, but I'll take the win."

McGrady scored 26 points in his first game since the Knicks acquired him Thursday at the trade deadline. But he was on the bench for almost all of overtime, perhaps exhausted after playing 32 minutes in his first action since December.

"He kind of ran out gas towards the end," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Not having played all year, a couple of years almost, 26 points, kind of not bad."

Durant also hit the tying 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation of his 27th consecutive game with at least 25 points, the longest streak since Allen Iverson also did it in 27 in a row from Jan. 12-March 9, 2001. The last longer streak was by Michael Jordan in 40 straight in the 1986-87 season.

Russell Westbrook finished with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the longest winning streak for the Thunder franchise since a nine-game run early in the 2004-05 season. Jeff Green had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

"Everybody lives for nights like this," Westbrook said. "Basketball players live for overtime game, big shots, things like that."

Pacers 125, Rockets 115

In Houston, Danny Granger scored 36 points, T.J. Ford led a second-half surge and Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Rockets, playing their first game with four new players from a three-team trade, led most of the game but the Pacers rallied from nine points down to start the third quarter, led by Ford, who scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half.

Raptors 109, Wizards 104

In Toronto, Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists, and Antoine Wright scored a season-high 19 points in the Raptors' ninth victory in 10 home games.

Mavericks 97, Heat 91

In Dallas, Jason Kidd scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points for the Mavericks against short-handed Miami.

Bulls 122, 76ers 90

In Chicago, rookie Taj Gibson tied a career high with 20 points and had 13 rebounds, and the Bulls won their fourth straight.

Clippers 99, Kings 89

In Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Chris Kaman had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles to give Kim Hughes his first official win as an NBA head coach.

Bucks 93, Bobcats 88

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings and John Salmons each scored 19 points, and Andrew Bogut added 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Bucks' fifth win in seven games.



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