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Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

Gritty Thunder grab 10th straight victory


OKLAHOMA CITY — There was no coasting to a 10-game winning streak for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tower of power: Thunder forward Kevin Durant shoots between Kings defenders John Salmons and Tyreke Evans on Friday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder won 113-103. AP

Up by 24 in the fourth quarter, it looked as if Durant and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook were going to rest for most of the final period.

The Sacramento Kings had another idea, forcing Oklahoma City to make one more push.

Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Thunder's starters had to make a late appearance to hold off the Kings for a 113-103 victory on Friday night.

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

"It's good. We're 19-4 and we just want to look at the bigger picture instead of winning streaks," said sixth man Kevin Martin, who had 18 points.

Sacramento closed to 103-98 thanks to Isaiah Thomas, who scored all 26 of his points in the final 13½ minutes. He had four 3-pointers, a layup and a jumper during a 23-4 comeback attempt by the Kings.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks had already emptied his bench, but ended up calling timeout with 4:17 remaining to put his starters back in.

"It was just a little frustration that they came back because I thought we were playing so well," Durant said.

Tyreke Evans had 21 points and Jason Thompson finished with 15 for Sacramento.

Westbrook had 13 points and 13 assists for Oklahoma City.

Nets 107, Pistons 105 (2OT)

In New York, 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.

Rockets 101, Celtics 89

In Houston, James Harden scored 21 points and Greg Smith added 20 to help the Rockets get the win.

Pacers 95, 76ers 85

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 28 points and George Hill had a triple-double to lead the Pacers past Philadelphia.

Lakers 102, Wizards 96

In Washington, Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, reserve Jodie Meeks added 24 and Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak.

Magic 99, Warriors 85

In Orlando, J.J. Redick had 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic, who ended Golden State's five-game road winning streak.

Bucks 90, Cavaliers 86

In Cleveland, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 33 points as Milwaukee picked up its fourth consecutive victory.

Raptors 95, Mavericks 74

In Toronto, Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Raptors snapped a six-game slide.

Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102

In New Orleans, Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 boards, and Minnesota won its third straight game.

Suns 99, Jazz 74

In Phoenix, Jared Dudley had a season-high 22 points to help the Suns get the victory.

Nuggets 99, Grizzlies 94

In Denver, Andre Miller scored each of his 18 points in the second half against Memphis.

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