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POSTED January 30, 2014 1:06 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased an 18-point early deficit on the way to overwhelming the Miami Heat 112-95 on Wednesday night.

Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher came off the bench to score a combined 33 more for the Thunder, who have now won nine straight. Durant scored at least 30 points for the 12th straight game, matching the league’s longest such streak since Tracy McGrady did it in 14 consecutive outings in the 2002-03 season.

Miami led 22-4, and then got outscored 87-53 in the next 2½ quarters.



76ERS 95, CELTICS 94

BOSTON (AP) — Evan Turner sank a layup at the buzzer to lift Philadelphia past Boston.

The 76ers rebounded the ball after Kris Humphries missed a jumper with 12 seconds left. They hurried upcourt and Turner released his shot just in time to give the 76ers only their third win in 13 games.

The Celtics lost for the 19th time in 22 games and dropped behind the 76ers in the standings by one game.

Spencer Hawes led Philadelphia with 20 points and tied his career high with four 3-pointers. Turner had 16 points and eight assists and Thaddeus Young added 16 points.

SUNS 126, BUCKS 117

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 30 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter despite sustaining an apparent injury to his left elbow, and Phoenix beat Milwaukee.

Gerald Green scored 23 and Marcus Morris had 16 points off the bench for the Suns, who have won the first three games of a four-game road trip.

Dragic hit the floor hard after a late foul by Larry Sanders, but was able to stay in the game — and keep scoring. But he was on the bench with a wrap on his left elbow in the closing minutes, and was escorted to the locker room with 52 seconds remaining.

TIMBERWOLVES 88, PELICANS 77

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to finally carry Minnesota over the .500 mark.

Kevin Martin added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and six boards for the Timberwolves in their first game without center Nikola Pekovic, who is expected to miss at least a week with bursitis in his right ankle. They still managed to get over .500 after failing in their previous 10 chances to do so.

Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were missing star forward Anthony Davis with a dislocated left index finger. They shot just 35 percent and managed a season-low 35 points in the first half to snap a three-game winning streak.

RAPTORS 98, MAGIC 83

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had a season-high 33 points and 11 assists, Amir Johnson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toronto past Orlando for the fifth straight time.

Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 15 rebounds and Terrence Ross scored 12 as the Raptors, who never trailed, won for the fourth time in five games.

Lowry, who had seven rebounds, matched his season best with six 3-pointers. He came within three points of matching his career-high of 36, set Feb. 16, 2011, against Philadelphia, when he played for Houston.

ROCKETS 117,
MAVERICKS 115

DALLAS (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored 26 points and Houston knocking off a Texas rival for the second straight day without James Harden.

Seven Rockets players scored in double figures on a night when they had just 10 players in uniform. Dwight Howard had 21 points, and Jeremy Lin had 18 and seven assists.

The Mavericks cut a 12-point deficit with 4:08 remaining to just two and had a chance to win, but Jose Calderon missed a pair of 3-point tries in the final seconds.

BOBCATS 101,
 NUGGETS 98

DENVER (AP) — Al Jefferson matched a season high with 35 points, including a key basket in the final seconds, to lead Charlotte.

Jefferson, who has scored 20 points or more in 10 straight games, also had 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double in his last 22 games.

Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions each added 16 points for the Bobcats who beat the Nuggets in Denver for only the second time in eight games here.

BULLS 96, SPURS 86

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 19 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago handed injury-riddled San Antonio its third straight loss.

D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson added 15 points each and Joakim Noah had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

Tony Parker had 20 points and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which hadn’t lost back-to-back games until this current skid.

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