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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

OKC dynamo Durant drops 52 on Mavericks


DALLAS — Kevin Durant hardly seemed bothered by O.J. Mayo's tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation.

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Career night: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant goes up for a jumper over Dallas' Mike James in the fourth quarter on Friday night. The Thunder beat the Mavericks 117-114 in overtime. AP

It just gave the Oklahoma City star a chance for a career high and the first 50-point game in the NBA this season.

Durant scored 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.9 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Thunder turned away a big Dallas rally for a 117-114 victory that extended their winning streak to six games and ended the Mavericks' season-best run of four straight.

A night after being voted a starter for the All-Star Game, Durant had a little trouble from the field, going 13 of 31. But he was 21 of 21 from the foul line, and the Thunder made all 12 of their free throws in the fourth quarter.

That looked as though it would be enough to hold off the Mavericks until Mayo hit his tying 3-pointer with two defenders in his face with 2.3 seconds left in regulation.

Vince Carter, who kept the Mavericks close when the Thunder threatened to blow them out in the first half, had a season-high 29 points. He hit three free throws to start overtime when he was fouled on a 3-pointer, but Durant answered with a pair of freebies on the other end.

Durant went on to score nine of Oklahoma City's 12 points in overtime and had three go-ahead buckets to help the Thunder avoid losing for the first time in 28 games when leading after three quarters. They blew a 14-point lead in the second half.

"Experience has helped me a lot," said Durant, whose previous career high was 51 against Denver last February. "If I look like I'm out there panicking, my teammates will look at me and feel the same way. I've got to be cool. If I miss a shot, so be it. I'm sure opportunity will come back around sooner or later."

Bulls 100, Celtics 99 (OT)

In Boston, Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and Chicago extended its Friday night road show by beating the Celtics.

Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday.

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points for Boston before fouling out with 1:16 to play in overtime.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points and Paul Pierce passed former Celtics star Robert Parish for 22nd on the NBA's career scoring list by chipping in 13 points. Pierce has 23,342 points and Parish 23,334.

Nets 94, Hawks 89

In New York, Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and Brooklyn beat Atlanta to earn a split of their home-and-home series.

Spurs 95, Warriors 88

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs held off Golden State to extend their home winning streak to 14 games.

Grizzlies 85, Kings 69

In Memphis, Mike Conley scored 19 points, Marc Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the hosts snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Sacramento.

Pacers 105, Rockets 95

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past Houston, which has lost six in a row overall and five consecutive road games.

76ers 108, Raptors 101 (OT)

In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday had a career-high tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of 76ers' points in overtime, and Philadelphia overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat Toronto.

Bobcats 106, Magic 100

In Orlando, Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, and Gerald Henderson added 17 points as the Bobcats beat the Magic to snap a five-game losing streak.

Wizards 112, Nuggets 108

In Denver, Bradley Beal scored 23 points, John Wall blocked Ty Lawson's attempt for a tying layup in the final seconds and Washington held off the Nugets to snap an eight-game road losing streak.

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