Durant, Thunder hammer Sixers
PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his return from a shoulder injury to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their seventh straight win, 103-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Durant was scratched against Boston on Friday with a sprained right shoulder. Against the Sixers, he was one of the first Thunder players to hit the court for pregame warmups. He dunked several times, even hanging on the rim for several seconds after one, and was fit to play.
The 12-win Sixers trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to four in the third quarter before Durant keyed a 14-5 run to open a comfortable lead. The NBA’s leading scorer has reached at least 30 points in his last 10 games.
Serge Ibaka had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. James Anderson led the Sixers with 19 points.
TORONTO — Jamal Crawford had a season-high 37 points and 11 assists, and Los Angeles overcame Terrence Ross’ 51 points to beat Toronto.
Ross matched Vince Carter’s franchise record set 14 years ago and nearly doubled his previous career high of 26 points against Portland on Jan. 2, 2013.
The second-year guard shot 10 of 17 from 3-point range and 9 for 10 at the free throw line. But he missed his final foul shot with 4 seconds left, failing to top the 51 points Carter scored in a 103-102 win over Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2000.
Blake Griffin scored 30 points and J.J. Redick had 18 as the Clippers won for the 10th time in 13 games and snapped a four-game skid in Toronto. Los Angeles improved to 8-3 without star guard Chris Paul, sidelined with a separated shoulder.
DeMar DeRozan went out with a sprained left foot, and the Raptors lost for the first time in three games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago held off Charlotte to get back above .500.
The former Bobcats point guard shot 4 of 5 from the field in the fourth quarter, making a trio of 3-pointers, to help break open a tight game. The Bulls (22-21) have won 10 of 13.
Joakim Noah had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Bulls, who have won 10 of their last 11 against the Bobcats.
Al Jefferson had 32 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, his ninth straight 20-point game.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 17 points and Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds as Memphis beat Houston for the second consecutive night.
The Grizzlies won 88-87 in Houston on Friday, then took control of the rematch. Memphis held the Rockets to 38 percent shooting and built the lead to as many as 27 points before both teams sent in reserves to finish the game.
Courtney Lee also had 15 points and Kosta Koufos scored 14, hitting seven of his eight shots from the field.
James Harden led the Rockets with 16 points. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but Houston’s three-game road winning streak was snapped.
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