Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year’s playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook’s right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook’s season and cost him about half of this season.
Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost two straight.
Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points, Chandler Parsons scored 19 and Dwight Howard had 9 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets. Houston had won five straight, including victories over Miami, Indiana and Portland.
Spurs 104, Bulls 96 — Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as league-leading San Antonio won in Chicago.
Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs (47-16) maintained their hold on the NBA’s best record, staying ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana.
Grizzlies 109, Trail Blazers 99 — Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Memphis solidified its hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a victory over visiting Portland.
Pistons 99, Kings 89 — Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift Detroit over Sacramento in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Timberwolves 112, Bucks 101 — Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump (5 for his previous 25) to score 19 points to lift host Minnesota over Milwaukee.
Warriors 108, Mavericks 85 — Jordan Crawford had 19 points and Andrew Bogut added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lift host Golden State over Dallas.