March 20 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Basketball Association games.
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Thunder 102, Cavaliers 95
Durant, the forward who is the league's leading scorer at 31.9 points per game, scored 25 of more points for the 33rd consecutive game.
It is the longest streak of its kind since Michael Jordan had a 40-game run in 1986-87. Power forward Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder (50-18).
Shooting guard Dion Waiters matched his season high with 30 points and added four assists for Cleveland (26-43).
The Cavaliers' postseason hopes are almost dead, as they fell 6 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the eighth and last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland used a late 21-2 run to pull within 97-92 with 1:12 to play but Durant sealed the game for Oklahoma City my sinking five-of-six foul shots in the last minute.
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Rockets 129, Timberwolves 106
Harden finished with 28 points and eight assists as the Rockets (46-22) extended their home winning streak to 10 games.
With the Timberwolves (34-33) leading 41-31, Harden scored 10 points during a 17-0 Houston run and scored 17 points in the second quarter.
The Rockets pushed their lead to 21 points in the third quarter in applying the knockout blow.
They did so despite exceptional performances from Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (29 points) and center Gorgui Dieng, who posted his third consecutive double-double and career highs in points (22) and rebounds (21).
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Trail Blazers 116, Wizards 103
The Portland Trail Blazers used a second-half three-point barrage to break open a tight game and beat the Washington Wizards 116-103.
Guard Wesley Matthews matched his season high with 28 points, and guard Damian Lillard contributed 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Trail Blazers (45-24), who knocked down 10-of-20 three-pointers after intermission.
Forward Nicolas Batum added 12 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Blazers, who won their second straight.
Guard John Wall scored 24 points and handed out 14 assists for the Wizards (35-33), who lost for the fourth time in six games.
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Warriors 115, Bucks 110
Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 60 points, including 22 in a tense fourth quarter, leading the Golden State Warriors to a hard-fought 115-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Winning for the eighth time in 10 games, the Warriors led just 89-87 with 8:24 to play before their backcourt mates went to work.
Curry and Thompson each hit three-pointers in an 8-3 burst that reopened a seven-point advantage, and the former added a spectacular three-point play with 3:59 remaining to increase the advantage to 104-94.
Curry had 31 points and Thompson 29 for the Warriors (44-26). (Editing by John O'Brien)