NBA Wrap: Durant scores 41, wins it with 1.5 left

NBA Wrap: Durant scores 41, wins it with 1.5 left
January 28, 2014, 12:30 am
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Kevin Durant reacts after hitting the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left in the Thunder's 111-109 win. (USA Today Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-109 Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

Durant scored 13 in the fourth quarter, including a 16-foot, step-back jumper with 25.5 seconds remaining that put Oklahoma City ahead for the first time since the opening 2 minutes. Paul Millsap tied it for Atlanta before Durant knocked down the decisive 12-footer while being guarded by DeMarre Carroll.

Shelvin Mack tried to throw a pass to Millsap on the final play, but Thabo Sefolosha knocked it away. Millsap led the Hawks with 23 points.

Durant's 11-game streak of 30 or more points is the longest in the NBA since Tracy McGrady did it in 14 straight games in March and April 2003 (see full recap).

Patterson's shot lifts Raptors over Nets
NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors are the only thing standing between the Brooklyn Nets and a perfect 2014.

Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams' inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left, and the Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.

Toronto dropped Brooklyn to 10-2 in January and opened a 2 1/2-game lead in the Atlantic Division over the Nets, who would be on the doorstep of the division lead if they could solve their neighbors to the north (see full recap).

Clippers rout Bucks to end Grammy trip
MILWAUKEE -- These days, there's no place like this Midwest outpost for NBA teams to end a long road trip on a high note.

Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and the Clippers ended their nearly two-week journey away from Los Angeles with a 114-86 win Monday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Forced to travel more than 11,000 miles through the air during the trip because the Staples Center was occupied by the Grammy Awards, Griffin looked right at home in Milwaukee (see full recap).

Love scores 31, Timberwolves top Bulls
CHICAGO -- Both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves were missing their starting centers.

The Timberwolves were able to overcome the adversity.

Kevin Love scored 31 points to lead the Timberwolves over the Bulls 95-86 Monday night. Ronny Turiaf added 14 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulls and won for the fourth time in five games overall (see full recap).