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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
Nuggets snap Thunder's win streak
DENVER — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook teamed up on another scoring spree for Oklahoma City. In a tightly contested game, though, Kenneth Faried's driving layup made the difference for Denver.
Faried scored the go-ahead layup in overtime, and the Nuggets overcame 30-plus point performances from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to beat the Thunder 121-118 Sunday night, snapping Oklahoma City's six-game winning streak.
Corey Brewer scored 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Nuggets, who reversed a 20-point loss to the Thunder last Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari added 18 points and Faried finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Brewer also set up Faried with a pass on his decisive drive to the basket.
"He gave me the ball and said, 'Go to work,' " Faried said. "They weren't going to come double me, and I said 'I'm going to score on this.' There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. I was going to score."
Faried's driving layup gave the Nuggets a one-point lead they would not relinquish with 46.5 seconds remaining in overtime.
"He made a big-time play," said Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, who finished with 11 points and nine assists. "He took two dribbles, and the little jump-hook he'd been working on, he hit."
The Thunder, who beat Dallas in overtime Friday night behind a career-high 52 points from Durant, lost for the first time in five overtime games this season. They got 37 points from Durant and 36 from Westbrook.
"They're great players," Faried said. "That's what they're going to do. We've just got to neutralize the players around them, because once they really get involved, then here come the blowouts and the tough losses."
Westbrook said the Nuggets deserved credit for their play.
"I think they did a good job coming in playing aggressive," he said. "I think we were just a step late. They made some open 3s, but we still had a chance to win."
Raptors 108, Lakers 103
In Toronto, Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors handed the Lakers their fifth straight road loss.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Pau Gasol had 25 for the Lakers, whose road skid is their longest in six years. Dwight Howard was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 1:18 left in the first half.
Pistons 103, Celtics 88
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Detroit won in its return from Europe.
The Pistons lost to the New York Knicks in London on Thursday, but they didn't look particularly weary in their first game back. Detroit blew an 18-point second-quarter lead but pulled away again in the second half. Boston never led.
Mavericks 111, Magic 105
In Orlando, Shawn Marion had 20 points, and O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter scored 15 apiece as Dallas held off a late Magic surge.