Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Thunder's Durant scores 35 in win over Cavaliers

KEVIN DURANT scored 35 points, finding his shooting touch after a rough start, and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the injury-riddled Cavaliers, 102-95, last night.

Durant missed five of his first six shots, but the NBA's top scorer finally got it going. He has scored 25 or more in 33 straight games - the league's second-longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times (1986-87).

With their 50th win, the Thunder (50-18), who let a 24-point lead dwindle to five in the fourth, moved within 1 1/2 games of San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City played without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who was resting his surgically repaired knee.

Dion Waiters scored 30 for the Cavs, who played without guard Kyrie Irving (strained biceps) and forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle).


In another game

* At Houston, James Harden had 28 points and eight assists to lead the Rockets to a 129-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were led by Kevin Love's 29 points.



* Milwaukee center Larry Sanders will not return this season because of a fractured right orbital bone. He was injured Feb. 8 when Houston's James Harden elbowed him in the right eye as the two went for a rebound. He had surgery shortly afterward.

* Sacramento said power forward Carl Landry is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Landry signed a $26 million, 4-year contract with the Kings in July after helping the Golden State Warriors reach the second round of the playoffs last year. But he played just 18 games this season after injuries to his left hip flexor and right knee.


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