Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory Friday night in Dallas.
The Thunder, who won their sixth straight, snapped a season-high four-game winning streak for the Mavericks. It was Oklahoma City’s second overtime win against Dallas this season.
Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer with two defenders in his face with 2.3 seconds left in regulation.
Mike James had put Dallas ahead with a 3-pointer in overtime, but his shot from well behind the arc in the final seconds of the extra period fell short.
Russell Westbrook, who scored 31 points, missed a free throw to give the Mavericks one more chance to tie, but Vince Carter’s desperation three at the buzzer was short.
Carter led Dallas with a season-high 29 points.
Durant was 13 of 31 from the field and made all 21 free throws in the first 50-point game for an NBA player this season.
The Thunder hit 12 freebies in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Mayo hit the tying three after two free throws by Westbrook with 5.9 seconds left.
The Thunder blew a 14-point second-half lead and almost lost for the first time in 28 games when leading after three quarters.
Durant put Oklahoma City ahead, 99-98, on a pair of free throws after he was fouled on a drive with 1:32 left. He hit two more after he was fouled following a rebound of a miss by Dirk Nowitzki, and Oklahoma City kept the lead until Mayo’s tying 3-pointer.
Dallas had its first chance to tie in the final 15 seconds when Carter went for a dunk and a 1-point deficit instead.
After Westbrook hit two free throws, Mayo hit the 3-pointer with two defenders jumping at him.
Durant missed a jumper just inside the 3-point line at the regulation buzzer.
The Mavericks fell to 1-8 in overtime games this season.
Nowitzki finished with 18 points after starting 1 of 11 from the field. He scored 12 in the fourth quarter, salvaging his 10th straight double-figure game after scoring in single digits the first four games following his return from missing 27 games after right knee surgery.
Spurs 95, Warriors 88 — Tim Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio extended its home winning streak to 14 games by holding off Golden State.
76ers 108, Raptors 101 — Jrue Holiday had a career-high-tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of his team’s points in overtime, and host Philadelphia overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat Toronto.
Pacers 105, Rockets 95 — Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20, helping Indiana extend its home winning streak to 11 games by getting past Houston.
Nets 94, Hawks 89 — Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and host Brooklyn beat Atlanta to earn a split of their home-and-home series.
Bobcats 106, Magic 100 — Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, and Gerald Henderson added 17 points as visiting Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak.
Wizards 112, Nuggets 108 — Bradley Beal contributed 23 points, John Wall blocked Ty Lawson’s attempt for a tying layup in the closing seconds, and Washington hung on to beat Denver and snap an eight-game road losing streak.
Grizzlies 85, Kings 69 — Mike Conley scored 19 points, Marc Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and host Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Sacramento.