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Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Thunder's dynamic duo fuel OT victory

AP

PHILADELPHIA — No matter how many shots the Oklahoma City Thunder missed, they remained confident about the next one.

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Here it comes: Thunder forward Kevin Durant dribbles around the Sixers' Jason Richardson on Saturday in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 116-109 in overtime. AP

Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 and the Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-109 in overtime Saturday night.

Serge Ibaka added 18 points for the defending Western Conference champions, who've won nine of 11 to go to 10-4.

The Thunder missed their last seven shots in regulation, but got 3-pointers from four different players in OT.

"We weren't making shots at the end, but I like the fact guys continued to stick with each other and trust each other," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Trust isn't a word we throw around loosely. You're not always going to make shots, but if a guy is open, you have to trust he'll make the next one."

Thad Young had a season-high 29 points and career-high 15 rebounds, and Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia, which has lost two in a row after winning three straight.

Trailing most of the game, the Sixers tied it at 94 on a dunk by Young off an underneath pass by Turner with 5:01 left.

The Thunder regained the lead on Westbrook's driving layup and Durant's 10-footer made it 98-94. A pair of free throws by Lavoy Allen cut it to 98-96. The teams combined for eight misses and three turnovers until Young's layup tied it at 98 with 1:36 to go.

Each team missed its next two shots and Turner deflected away an inbound pass with 3 seconds left to send it to overtime.

That's when the Thunder found their shooting touch from beyond the arc.

"We trust each other. We live and die with those shots. Make the right play and they came up big for us," Durant said. "It's part of the game. You've got to have trust if you want to be a good team. It doesn't matter what. These guys are in the NBA for a reason. They can play. I trust them 100 percent to go make that shot. I think it's going in every time."

Bobcats 108, Wizards 106 (OT)

In Washington, Byron Mullens scored 27 points, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Ben Gordon added 19 as Charlotte earned its seventh victory of the season and kept the Wizards winless.

Lakers 115, Mavericks 89

In Dallas, Metta World Peace hit three early 3-pointers to spark a Los Angeles barrage from long range, and the Lakers scored 36 points before Kobe Bryant took his first shot.

Heat 110, Cavaliers 108

In Miami, Ray Allen took a pass from LeBron James and made a 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds left, as the Heat rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:52 to beat Cleveland.

Hawks 104, Clippers 93

In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hawks won their fifth straight.

Bulls 93, Bucks 86

In Milwaukee, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton scored 22 points apiece to lead Chicago past the Bucks.

Kings 108, Jazz 97

In Sacramento, Tyreke Evans scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and the slumping Kings beat Utah.

Warriors 96, Timberwolves 85

In Oakland, Klay Thompson scored a season-high 24 points, Stephen Curry added 20 points and six assists, and Golden State beat Minnesota.



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