Kevin Durant’s 3-pointer keys to Thunders victory over Dallas Mavericks. Oklahoma City Thunder have to thanks to Kevin Durant who helps them beat Dallas Mavericks with his 3-pointer. Mavericks vs Thunders 102-104!!!!!
Kevin Durant’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Thunder
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and hit a three-pointer at the final buzzer to lift the host Thunder to a 104-102 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.
The Thunder let Dallas wipe away a five-point deficit in the final 46 seconds to go ahead on Vince Carter’s three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining. That was just enough time for Oklahoma City to get the ball to Durant, who drilled a three from the right wing that improved his team to 4-0.
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mavericks, whose title defense is off to an 0-3 start.
Russell Westbrook had 16 points and seven turnovers in a subpar performance, but he made up for it with a few crucial plays down the stretch.
Magic 94, Nets 78:
Ryan Anderson scored 22 points and Dwight Howard had 16 points and 24 rebounds for host Orlando. … Former Warrior Jason Richardson added 16 points for the Magic – 15 in the first half – and J.J. Redick scored 15 points off the bench. … It was the 49th career 20-rebound game for Howard, who neared his career high of 26 rebounds.
Rockets 105, Spurs 85:
Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Luis Scola added 18 and Kyle Lowry had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for host Houston. … DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which shot 38 percent (35-of-93) and went 2-for-17 from three-point range.
Bulls 108, Kings 98:
Derrick Rose had 19 points and eight assists for visiting Chicago. The Bulls ran off 15 straight points early in the game and didn’t trail thereafter. … DeMarcus Cousins, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento.
Lakers 99, Knicks 82:
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points as host Los Angeles beat New York for the ninth straight time. … Pau Gasol had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who have won two straight after an 0-2 start to the compressed season. … Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points in his first showdown with Bryant since joining the Knicks.
Blazers 111, Nuggets 102:
Wesley Matthews had 25 points, including five three-pointers in the second half, and host Portland stayed undefeated through three games. … Raymond Felton had 23 points, including a three-pointer with 1:45 left, as the Blazers pulled away from the Nuggets, who knotted the game at 98-98 midway through the fourth quarter.
Suns sign Redd:
Phoenix signed All-Star guard Michael Redd to a one-year, $1.3 million deal, the league’s veteran minimum. … Redd is coming off a six-year, $91 million deal with the Bucks, signed in 2005. He averaged 20 points in 11 seasons for Milwaukee, but injuries to his left knee cost him most of the past three seasons; he played 33 games in 2008-09, 18 in ’09-10 and 10 in ’10-11.
Bryant shares doctor:
Bryant confirmed that he recently gave the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez the phone number of a German doctor who developed an experimental treatment that Bryant credits for the dramatic improvement in his own troublesome knee and an injured ankle in recent months. (AP – San Fransisco Chronicle)