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Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011

Thunder down Magic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are shining brightest when the spotlight is on them.

Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 32 in his fourth career triple-double and the Thunder fought off the Orlando Magic 125-124 Thursday night to stay unbeaten in nationally televised games this season.

Oklahoma City has beaten Chicago, Boston, Denver, Dallas and Orlando once and Portland twice on national TV and plays another marquee game Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Everybody gets up, I guess, for playing on TV. It's always fun," said Durant, who is averaging 32.8 points on national TV this season — 4.5 points higher than his NBA-leading average. "We only had two or three last year, so to have as many as we have now is a blessing and we just try to have a good showing."

Westbrook also had 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Oklahoma City's highest-scoring game of the season. It was the second straight game the Thunder set a season high for points in regulation, and this time they even surpassed their output in a triple-overtime win against New Jersey.

Dwight Howard paced the Magic with 39 points and 18 rebounds.

T-Wolves 109, Wizards 97

In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Darko Milicic had 14 points and 11 rebounds to keep Washington winless on the road.

John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who fell to 0-19 on the road. They are the only team in the NBA that has yet to win away from home this season.

Nuggets 130, Heat 102

In Denver, reserve J.R. Smith scored 28 points and Carmelo Anthony added 21, leading the Nuggets to a win over a Miami team missing an injured LeBron James.

Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 16 for the Heat, who lost two in a row for the first time since dropping three straight in late November.



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