NBA Wrap: Durant ejected in Thunder loss

NBA Wrap: Durant ejected in Thunder loss
January 3, 2013, 6:28 am
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Jrue Holiday's triple-double wasn't enough to prevent the Sixers from a 95-89 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night (see Instant Replay).

Also, after the Lakers' loss to the Sixers on Tuesday, Kobe Bryant found just the right words to describe his aging team (see story).

Now, here's a quick look at some of Wednesday's NBA action:
Durant gets ejected in loss to Nets
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Joe Johnson scored a season-high 33 points, Deron Williams added 19 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped Oklahoma City's 12-game home winning streak by beating the Thunder 110-93 Wednesday night in a game featuring the first ejection of Kevin Durant's career.

The Nets squandered a 23-point lead and allowed Oklahoma City to tie it at 85 before ripping off a 23-8 run to seize control right back. Durant was ejected near the end of the surge, arguing with Danny Crawford after the referee had already issued a technical foul against Kendrick Perkins.

Durant scored 27 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists for Oklahoma City, which lost for only the third time at home this season.

Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo got a win against the team that fired him back in 2008 (see full recap).

Grizzlies hold off Celtics
BOSTON -- Mike Conley had 23 points and nine assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 93-83 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night and send Boston to its fourth consecutive loss.

Rudy Gay scored 19 points and ex-Celtic Tony Allen had a season-high 15 points for Memphis.

Paul Pierce scored 17 for Boston, but he had just one basket in the third quarter and none in the fourth while missing seven of his last eight shots.

Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who trailed by 18 after the opening basket of the fourth quarter but closed the gap to 83-78 with under 5 minutes to play on back-to-back 3-pointers from Jason Terry.

Boston began fouling and the Grizzlies made their shots, hitting 8 of 11 from the line down the stretch (see full recap).
Heat beat Mavericks in OT
MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 32 points and finished one assist shy of a triple-double, Dwyane Wade scored 27 and the Miami Heat rallied both early and late before beating the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Ray Allen added 15 for Miami, which extended its Eastern Conference-leading record to 22-8. The Heat trailed by 12 in the opening minutes, and then dug their way out of a six-point hole in the final 3:02 of regulation.

James had 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Heat, who wound up going on what became a 16-3 run late, including 7-0 to start overtime.

O.J. Mayo scored 30 and Dirk Nowitzki -- still working his way back from knee surgery -- added 19 in 29 minutes for the Mavericks, who fell to 0-6 in overtime this season.

Vince Carter had 15 points, Chris Kaman scored 14 and Darren Collison finished with 11 for the Mavericks (see full recap).

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