NBA Wrap: Durant leads Thunder past Clippers

NBA Wrap: Durant leads Thunder past Clippers
November 22, 2013, 2:30 am
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Kevin Durant scored 28 points in the Thunder's 105-91 win over the Clippers. (USA Today Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant had 28 points and eight assists, another Thunder fan hit a half-court heave and Oklahoma City beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-91 Thursday night.

For the second straight game, a Thunder rooter made a midcourt basket during a second-quarter promotion to win $20,000. High school business teacher Brad Brucker was congratulated by recording artists Beyonce and Jay-Z, who sat in courtside seats next to Durant's family.

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and blocked three shots and Russell Westbrook added 12 points for Oklahoma City, which has won its first five home games of the season for the first time since starting 2004-05 in Seattle.

Oklahoma City led all the way, taking a quick 10-point advantage and never leading by less than six points after that in the matchup of Western Conference powers.

Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-for-23 shooting and also had 10 rebounds for the Clippers. He's had a 20-10 double in 10 of the last 12 games, and has posted an NBA-high 100 such games since the start of the 2010-11 season (see full recap).

Nuggets end Bulls' five-game streak
DENVER -- Nate Robinson and Jordan Hamilton each hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, helping the Denver Nuggets pull away for a 97-87 victory against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Hamilton finished with 17 points to lead the Nuggets, who their seventh straight against the Bulls at the Pepsi Center. J.J. Hickson had 14 points, Kenneth Faried had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Randy Foye also scored 12 points.

Derrick Rose had 19 points for the Bulls, who snapped a five-game winning streak.

Robinson, who spent last season with the Bulls, started a 12-0 burst when he hit successive 3s opening the final period. Hamilton matched him by making 3s on consecutive possessions and the Nuggets' lead ballooned to 82-62 with 9:40 left.

Chicago managed to pull to 94-83, but Robinson, who had 10 of his 11 points in the final period, responded by hitting a 12-foot bank shot to help quash the Bulls' late momentum (see full recap).