DURANT TEAMS UP WITH WESTBROOK TO SCORE 74 POINTS
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.
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.
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.