Kevin Durant had 39 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 30 points and 13 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished a perfect three-game homestand by beating the pesky Sacramento Kings, 113-107, last night.
The Kings were still within 3 after Carl Landry hit two free throws with 2:15 to play, but Nenad Krstic lobbed the ball to Durant for a two-handed alley-oop slam at the opposite end.
Landry had a follow dunk to make it 111-107 with 34 seconds left, but Sacramento opted not to foul and the shot clock ran all the way down before Durant missed a baseline jumper.
Francisco Garcia missed a contested 3-pointer in the final five seconds for the Kings. Durant corralled the rebound and iced the game with two free throws.
Rookie Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 27 points. Landry added 17 points, and Beno Udrih and Garcia scored 13 apiece.
Oklahoma City shot a sizzling 67 percent in the first half but couldn’t shake free from the Kings on one of their hottest shooting nights of the season.
Sacramento shot 54 percent and became only the seventh team to make more than half of its shots against the stingiest defense in the NBA. It was the second-highest shooting percentage this season against the Thunder, who had held opponents to 43.7 percent.
Heat 110, Warriors 106 - Dwyane Wade had 35 points and 12 assists, and host Miami snapped a four-game slide by digging deep late to beat the undermanned Golden State.
Quentin Richardson scored 15, including two big 3-pointers in the final minutes, for the Heat. Michael Beasley also had 15 points, and Jermaine O’Neal and Carlos Arroyo each added 14 for Miami, which moved a half-game ahead of Charlotte in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat also got within two games of Toronto for the No. 5 seed.
Anthony Morrow scored 24 points, C.J. Watson had 20 and Stephen Curry added 18 for Golden State, which had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left - but Curry’s pass skipped off Ronny Turiaf’s hands, Arroyo followed with two free throws, and Miami escaped.
Turiaf finished with 15 for the Warriors, who dressed only the minimum eight players - including Reggie Williams, who was signed earlier in the day to a 10-day contract after being called up from the Sioux Falls Skyforce.