MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant had career highs of 47 points and 18 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 31-point, 21-rebound night from Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-117 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who beat Minnesota for the eighth straight time. But it was Durant who carried the load, scoring 16 straight points for the Thunder in the fourth quarter of a thrilling back-and-forth game.
Durant's 47 points tied Clippers star Blake Griffin for the highest total in the NBA this season.
Michael Beasley had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who had a chance to win the game in the final 7 seconds. But Luke Ridnour rushed a 3-pointer after a missed free throw by Corey Brewer and the Thunder tracked down the loose ball to seal it.
NUGGETS 109, PISTONS 100: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Chauncey Billups scored 26 points, including a trio of 3-pointers late in the game, and Denver ended a 14-game losing streak in Auburn Hills. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists — shaking off trade talk for another day — to help the Nuggets win for the seventh time in nine games overall.
NETS 93, GRIZZLIES 88: At Newark, N.J., Devin Harris scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Nets rallied to get the win. O.J. Mayo missed a tying 3-point attempt with about 3 seconds left and New Jersey's Brook Lopez iced the game with two free throws, capping a 17-point performance.
BUCKS 98, HAWKS 90: At Milwaukee, Earl Boykins scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee stopped Atlanta's road winning streak at six, one short of a franchise record. The short-handed Bucks, missing three starters, went on a 22-3 run to start the fourth. Milwaukee is without Brandon Jennings (left foot), John Salmons (right hip) and Drew Gooden (left foot).
MAGIC 111, PACERS 96: At Indianapolis, Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds, powering Orlando to the victory. The Magic made 16 of 34 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field.Comment on this story
76ERS 107, RAPTORS 94: At Toronto, Marreese Speights scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter, and the 76ers won their third straight.
BOBCATS 114, SUNS 107: At Phoenix, Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games.
ROCKETS 96, CLIPPERS 83: At Houston, Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, leading Houston to the victory. Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola added 16 points apiece for the Rockets.
HORNETS 112, WARRIORS 103: At Golden State, Chris Paul had 18 points and 17 assists, and the Hornets rallied for their 10th consecutive victory.