Friday's NBA Capsules
Games played Jan. 31, 2014
Originally published January 31, 2014 at 10:47 p.m., updated February 1, 2014 at 12:53 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant's 30-point streak ended at 12 games when he scored 26 in just 30 minutes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 10th in a row with a 120-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Serge Ibaka made all 12 shots and added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were so good that Durant sat the entire fourth quarter, the only way to slow him down right now.
The NBA's leading scorer finished 10 of 12 from the field, though his scoring average during his sensational January dropped from 36.6 to 35.9.
Oklahoma City shot 63.6 percent, highest in the NBA this season, and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17.
Shaun Livingston scored 16 points while drawing the impossible assignment of defending Durant.
WARRIORS 95, JAZZ 90
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers in scoring a season-high 44 points, leading Golden State past Utah on a night the Jazz honored former coach Jerry Sloan.
Curry had 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors came from nine points behind to win on back-to-back nights.
Andrew Bogut had 16 points, 17 rebounds and five assists to help overcome the loss of David Lee (shoulder, hip) and a horrendous shooting night from backcourt mate Klay Thompson, who was 3 of 20 for 11 points.
Reserve guard Alec Burks had with 26 points on a variety of jumpers and acrobatic drives, but it wasn't enough for Utah, which dealt with injuries to three frontcourt players.
MAGIC 113, BUCKS 102
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Arron Afflalo scored 21 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and the Magic ran past the Bucks.
The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak and extended their home winning streak over Milwaukee to 16 games.
Nik Vucevic had 12 points and six rebounds in his second game back from a concussion.
Caron Butler scored 20 points for Milwaukee, which lost its fifth straight game. The Bucks have lost 14 of their last 15 and eight straight on the road.
GRIZZLIES 94, TIMBERWOLVES 90
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Grizzlies overcame another strong effort by Kevin Love to beat the Timberwolves.
Courtney Lee added 16 points for the Grizzlies, who have won five straight games and 10 of their last 11. The Grizzlies have won six straight on the road.
Playing on a sore left ankle throughout the second half, Love led Minnesota with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Kevin Martin had 14 points for the Timberwolves, who lost for just the second time in seven games.
BOBCATS 110, LAKERS 100
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 18 rebounds to help Charlotte send floundering Los Angeles to its sixth straight defeat.
Jefferson set a franchise record with his 11th straight game of 20 or more points, eclipsing the mark set by Jason Richardson in 2007-08.
Gerald Henderson added 20 points for the Bobcats. Starting point guard Kemba Walker missed his sixth straight game since a sprained left ankle ended his career-opening consecutive game streak of 190.
Pau Gasol had 24 points and Nick Young 21 off the bench for Los Angeles, which lost for the 18th time in 21 games.
HAWKS 125, 76ERS 99
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Scott and Elton Brand scored 18 points apiece to lead seven Hawks in double figures and Atlanta routed the 76ers.
DeMarre Carroll contributed 13 points, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Lou Williams had 12 apiece, and Kyle Korver added 11 points for the Hawks.
Thaddeus Young scored 29 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 17 and Elliot Williams had 15 for the Sixers, who have dropped 11 of their last 13 home games, including five straight.
The Sixers, now 8-16 at home, haven't lost five in a row at home since the 2009-10 season.
MAVERICKS 107, KINGS 103
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points and the Mavericks held off Sacramento, handing the Kings their sixth straight loss in another game without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins.
A night after being named an All-Star for the 12th time, Nowitzki helped the Mavericks rally in the fourth quarter after they squandered a double-digit lead in the first half and fell behind by 14 in the third.
Brandan Wright had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rudy Gay scored 35 to lead the Kings, who have the worst record in the Western Conference (15-31) and were without Cousins for the fifth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.
RAPTORS 100, NUGGETS 90
DENVER (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 18 and the Raptors ended a decade-long drought in Denver by beating the short-handed Nuggets.
Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry added 13 points apiece for the Raptors, who snapped a nine-game losing streak in the Mile High City dating to 2003.
The Nuggets announced during the game that guard Nate Robinson had season-ending surgery earlier Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
J.J. Hickson and Evan Fournier led the Nuggets with 18 points apiece. Hickson also had 13 rebounds. Randy Foye, playing point guard, had 10 points and 16 assists. But he also committed eight of the Nuggets' 26 turnovers.
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