Kevin Durant hit a season-high five 3-pointers and scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook finished off a triple-double with his 10th assist in the final seconds and the Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks, 103-94, last night in Oklahoma City.
Durant went 3 for 3 on 3s during a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter as the Thunder put the game away after Atlanta had pulled within two points.
Westbrook finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists — the last coming when he rushed the ball up to Serge Ibaka for a dunk with 6.9 seconds left instead of running out the clock. Players from both teams stayed on the court for a few moments after the game as the Hawks were apparently upset by the final sequence.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, and Lamar Odom scored 18 points off the bench as the defending champions barely hung on to win the NBA’s final game of 2010.
Bulls 90, Nets 81 — Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead host Chicago.
Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 19 apiece, and the Bulls made enough shots down the stretch after struggling from the field for much of the game to hand the Nets their fourth staright loss.
Rockets 114, Raptors 105 — Reserve guard Chase Budinger scored a season-high 22 points, Kevin Martin added 20, and host Houston beat Toronto.
Rookie Patrick Patterson set career highs in points (15) and rebounds (9) for the Rockets, who have won eight of their last 10. DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 37 points and Jose Calderon added 11 assists for the Raptors, who’ve dropped 10 of their last 13 games.
Warriors 96, Bobcats 95 — Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Golden State held off a late rally to beat host Charlotte.
Stephen Jackson scored 22 points for the Bobcats, but missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left that could have given Charlotte its third consecutive win under interim head coach Paul Silas.
Suns 92, Pistons 75 — Jared Dudley scored 9 of his 19 points in the second quarter, and Phoenix’s reserves built a big lead that helped the host Suns snap a season-high four-game losing streak.
Pacers 95, Wizards 86 — Danny Granger and Darren Collison scored 18 points apiece and Indiana pulled away early for a victory over visiting Washington.