Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets, 120-98, Wednesday night in James Harden’s first game back in Oklahoma City since being traded by the Thunder before the season.
Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.
Patrick Patterson scored 27 points and Omer Asik had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Rockets, who began the day by attending the funeral of coach Kevin McHale’s daughter in Minnesota.
Harden missed his first nine shots, and by the time he made one, the Rockets were down by double digits in the second half. They never got closer than 10 after that.
Harden, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year as Oklahoma City made it to the Finals last season, was unable to agree on a contract extension with the Thunder and was traded just before the season started.
He then agreed to a maximum contract worth $80 million with Houston.
Wizards 84, Trail Blazers 82 — Host Washington earned its first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, getting 19 points from Jordan Crawford in a win over Portland.
Washington survived a scoreless 6:47 in the fourth when Crawford hit on a 3-pointer with 2:06 to play, and the Wizards finally took the 84-82 lead on Emeka Okafor’s two free throws with 39.1 seconds remaining.
Damian Lillard was called for traveling with 28 seconds left. After Nene was called for an offensive foul, J.J. Hickson missed a jumper with 2.8 seconds to play. The Wizards lost the ball with 0.2 seconds to go, but held on to end the skid.
Knicks 102, Bucks 88 — Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to help New York snap a three-game road losing streak by routing Milwaukee.
Anthony, who sat out the fourth quarter, was 9 of 18 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes. The second-leading scorer in the NBA has scored at least 29 points in his last four games, including 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-89 overtime loss at Brooklyn on Monday.
Steve Novak added 19 points and Tyson Chandler chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks.
Hawks 94, Bobcats 91 — Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help host Atlanta win its sixth straight.
Josh Smith and Lou Williams also had 17 points apiece for the Hawks.
Ben Gordon finished with 26 points and Ramon Sessions had 18 to lead Charlotte, which has lost two straight and three of four.
Clippers 101, Timberwolves 95 — Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and host Los Angeles welcomed Chauncey Billups back to the lineup for the first time this season with a victory over Minnesota.
Billups had 8 points and three assists in 20 minutes as the Clippers ended a four-game losing streak. The five-time All-Star, beginning his 16th NBA season, was sidelined for more than nine months after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon Feb. 6.
Pistons 117, Suns 77 — Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Detroit has won back-to-back games for the first time this season and is 5-3 since opening 0-8. The Pistons led, 55-44, at halftime and then broke the game open when the Suns came unglued in the third quarter. Phoenix picked up four technical fouls in the third and trailed by as many as 44 in the fourth.
Spurs 110, Magic 89 — Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19, and visiting San Antonio won its fifth straight.
Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists. The Spurs also posted their eighth consecutive victory on the road.
Grizzlies 103, Raptors 82 — Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help host Memphis (11-2) to its third straight win and maintain the best record in the NBA.
Jazz 96, Hornets 84 — Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16, and visiting Utah beat New Orleans to win its second straight.
Bulls 101, Mavericks 78 — Luol Deng had 22 points and six rebounds to lead host Chicago over Dallas.