Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Clippers, 109-97, Tuesday night in Los Angeles in a matchup of teams with the two best records in the NBA.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points before fouling out late while helping the Thunder improve to a league-leading 33-9 and expand their lead in the Western Conference standings to 1½ games over the Clippers, who were without All-Star Chris Paul and fell to 32-11.
Blake Griffin had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 14 points off the bench. Eric Bledsoe scored 12 points starting in place of Paul, who missed his fourth game because of a bruised right kneecap. He missed three road wins last week, then played the next two games, but it was obvious Paul wasn’t himself so he was held out Tuesday.
The Clippers had won four straight at home against the Thunder, and they led much of the first quarter before giving up the lead for good early in the second.
Los Angeles made a run to start the fourth, with Grant Hill and Crawford combining to score seven in a row and close to 82-75. That was as close as the Clippers came in losing their second straight.
Durant keyed a 3-point barrage over the next nearly four minutes, making three of them himself while Westbrook added one and Ibaka had another to extend the Thunder’s lead to 99-82 — their largest of the game. Durant scored on a driving dunk to make it 101-85, then punctuated it by punching his right arm in the air.
Bucks 110, 76ers 102 — Ersan Ilyasova had 27 points and 16 rebounds and Brandon Jennings scored 25 points for host Milwaukee.
Monta Ellis added 18 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee, which has won six of eight games since Jim Boylan replaced former coach Scott Skiles, who parted ways with the team following a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Evan Turner scored 23 points to lead the 76ers, Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Nick Young had 20 points. Philadelphia lost its fifth straight on the road, and 15th in its last 21 overall.
Pistons 105, Magic 90 — Jason Maxiell, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe combined for 38 points and 28 rebounds, and Detroit pulled away to beat undersized Orlando in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Brandon Knight led Detroit with 18 points, and Monroe scored 16 and Drummond and Maxiell each had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pistons also finished with a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds against the Magic, who had their size issues magnified when Glen Davis was benched for much of the second half after taking 15 first-half shots and grabbing just three rebounds. He attempted just one shot the rest of the way and finished with 11 points.
J.J. Redick was Orlando’s biggest threat, scoring 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting — including 5 for 6 on 3-pointers. Jameer Nelson added 14 points and nine rebounds.