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Kevin Durant, Thunder frustrate Heat in 96-85 win


Miami Heat forward LeBron James, center, drives to basket to score as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha, second left, Kevin Durant, second right, and Serge Ibaka defend during the first half their NBA game on Wednesday in Miami.

Photo: Reuters

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 18 as the Oklahoma City Thunder frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

James Harden scored 12 points for the Thunder, who have won five straight games.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and LeBron James finished with 19 for the Heat, who had won three straight and were averaging 114 points in their last two games.


In Boston, Jeff Green scored 13 of his 19 points in the second quarter as Boston coasted past Indiana and moved back into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference.

The victory left the Celtics and Chicago Bulls (48-18) with the same record in the race for home-court advantage through the conference finals. Boston had lost three of four to fall out of the top spot.

Josh McRoberts had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.


In Milwaukee, Dwight Howard had 31 points and 22 rebounds to lead Orlando to an overtime victory over Milwaukee that wrapped up a winning five-game road trip.

Hedo Turkoglu scored eight of his 19 points in overtime in a game that turned out to be far from easy for Orlando, even though the Bucks were missing Australian center Andrew Bogut due to a migraine headache.

Howard equaled a career high with 24 attempts from the free throw line. He made only 13 of them.

Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and John Salmons scored 20 of his 22 in the second half and overtime.


In Atlanta, Nene scored 20 points and J.R. Smith added all of his 15 in the fourth quarter as Denver ran away to beat Atlanta.

It looked as if the game would go down to the wire when Zaza Pachulia flipped in a putback, pulling the Hawks to 72-69 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

However, Denver dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the home team 30-18.

In other games it was:

‧ Hornets 100, Suns 95

‧ Rockets 94, Bobcats 78

‧ Mavericks 112, Warriors 106

‧ Jazz 119, Timberwolves 104

‧ Pistons 107, Raptors 93

‧ 76ers 104, Clippers 94

‧ Cavaliers 97, Kings 93

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