Thunder 128, Knicks 122 (OT)
Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the host New York Knicks in overtime on Tuesday night.
Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime to surpass the 43 points he had against Orlando on Oct. 30, a game that went to two overtimes.
One was all the Thunder needed this time, as Durant hit four straight free throws in the final half-minute to finish 16 for 18 from the line.
Russell Westbrook finished with 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who bounced back from a loss to Brooklyn on Sunday to win for the eighth time in nine games.
Langston Galloway scored 21 points for the Knicks.
76ers 113, Suns 103
Ish Smith had 20 points and nine assists and Robert Covington scored 19 points to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers to a win over the Phoenix Suns.
Once 1-30 on Dec. 23 and challenging for the worst record in NBA history, the Sixers have since gone 6-9 and might not even end up with the worst record in the league.
The Sixers led almost the entire game against the slumping Suns and built a 19-point advantage.
Clippers 91, Pacers 89
Chris Paul scored 26 points and J.J. Redick added 19 as the Los Angeles Clippers held off a late host Indiana comeback for a victory.
The Clippers (29-16) played without All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who was sent home after breaking his shooting hand in a scuffle with equipment manager Matias Testi.
Indiana (23-22) lost its third straight despite having Paul George finish with 31 points and 11 rebounds.
Heat 102, Nets 98
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 27 points, leading the Miami Heat over the host Brooklyn Nets.
Wade also had eight assists and four rebounds. Justise Winslow added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Heat.
Andrea Bargnani had 20 points and Joe Johnson had 15 for the Nets.
The Heat led 99-96 when Wayne Ellington missed a 3-point shot that would’ve tied it. Bosh then hit one of two foul shots.
Raptors 106, Wizards 89
All-Star starter Kyle Lowry put up 29 points before leaving with an injury in the final minutes and the host Toronto Raptors downed the Washington Wizards for their ninth straight win, matching a franchise-best mark.
Lowry left and went up the tunnel toward the Raptors locker room with what appeared to be an injured hand with just under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
He briefly returned before trainers escorted him back under the stands.
John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 18 points and 14 assists.
•? Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal sustained a broken nose and a concussion after getting hit in the face by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Smart and will miss Tuesday night’s game at the Toronto Raptors.
The team listed Beal as day-to-day.
Beal took a forearm to the face from Smart midway through the second quarter of Boston’s 116-91 victory Monday and left the game. He did not return.
In accordance with the NBA’s concussion policy, Beal will begin the mandatory return to participation exertion protocol and be cleared to play once he’s symptom free during each step of the process.
The 22-year-old is averaging 18.5 points a game this season.