Kevin Durant and Oklahoma steal Bobcats’ thunder

AP, CHARLOTTE, North Carolina

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 - Page 19

Kevin Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-85 on Friday night without injured guard Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder announced before the game that Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be out until after the All-Star break.

Durant scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished 14 of 28 from the field. Serge Ibaka had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who have won seven straight road games and 11 of 12 overall. Reggie Jackson started in place of Westbrook, shooting four of 19 from the floor.

The Thunder escaped after Josh McRoberts missed a wide-open three-pointer with three seconds left.

KINGS 108, HEAT 103, OT

In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 and Sacramento rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat undermanned Miami in overtime.

Isaiah Thomas added 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help the Kings snap Miami’s six-game winning streak. Gay made a tying jumper in the final minutes of regulation, and Sacramento quickly pulled away in the extra period to bring the sellout crowd of 17,317 roaring to its feet.

LeBron James finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds for the two-time defending NBA champions.

In other play, it was:

‧ Warriors 115, Suns 86

‧ Magic 109, Pistons 92

‧ Pelicans 105, Nuggets 89

‧ Raptors 95, Knicks 83

‧ Jazz 105, Lakers 103

‧ Timberwolves 120, Wizards 98

‧ Nets 104, Bucks 93