DU­RANT TEAMS UP WITH WEST­BROOK TO SCORE 74 POINTS

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new york » Kevin Du­rant scored a sea­son- high 44 points and grabbed 14 re­bounds, and the Thun­der beat the Knicks 128- 122 in over­time Tues­day night.

Du­rant hit the ty­ing jumper with 16.2 sec­onds left in regulation, then scored seven points in over­time. He hit four straight free throws late to fin­ish 16- for18 from the line.

Rus­sel­lWest­brook fin­ished with 30 points, 10 as­sists and eight re­bounds for the Thun­der.

Langston Gal­loway scored 21 points for the Knicks, who played with­out in­jured lead­ing scorer Carmelo An­thony.

TUES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Ish Smith had 20 points and nine as­sists and Robert Cov­ing­ton scored 19 points to lead the 76ers to a 113- 103 win over the Suns. Once 1- 30 on Dec. 23 and chal­leng­ing for the worst record in NBA his­tory, the Six­ers have since gone 6- 9 and might not even end up with the worst record in the league. … Chris Paul scored 26 points and J. J. Redick added 19 as the Clip­pers held off a late Pac­ers come­back for a 91- 89 vic­tory. The Clip­pers played with­out all- star for­ward Blake Grif­fin, sent home af­ter break­ing his shoot­ing hand in a scuf­fle with equip­ment man­ager Ma­tias Testi. … Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 25 points as the Bucks, with coach Ja­son Kidd back on the bench, sent the Magic to its sev­enth straight loss, 107- 100. Kidd missed 17 games af­ter hav­ing surgery on his right hip Dec. 21. … Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 27 points, lead­ing the Heat over the Nets 102- 98. Wade also had eight as­sists and four re­bounds. … Kyle Lowry put up 29 points be­fore leav­ing with an in­jury in the fi­nal min­utes as the Rap­tors downed the Wizards 106- 89 for their ninth straight win, match­ing a fran­chise- best mark. Lowry left with what ap­peared to be an in­jured hand in the fourth quar­ter.

FOOT­NOTES

Beal suf­fers in­juries. Wizards guard Bradley Beal suf­fered a bro­ken nose and a con­cus­sion af­ter get­ting hit in the face by Celtics for­wardMar­cus Smart onMon­day and is listed as day to day. … Lak­ers coach By­ron Scott said he didn’t post a com­ment on his In­sta­gram ac­count ap­par­ently threat­en­ing to fight a fan.… Bulls cen­ter Joakim Noah ex­pects to make a full re­cov­ery from shoul­der surgery, he said.

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