OKLAHOMA CITY — The showdown between the NBA’s top two scorers turned out to be a mismatch.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant outscored New York’s Carmelo Anthony 41-15, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-100 on Sunday.
Durant, the league’s leading scorer, also had 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony, the league’s No. 2 scorer, had 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for the Knicks.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks took Durant out of the game with 1:24 remaining, leaving Durant short of a rare 40-point triple-double by a single assist.
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“I got on Serge (Ibaka),” Durant said, laughing. “He missed a dunk and he passed up a shot.”
Durant also was largely responsible for guarding Anthony.
“He missed some shots that he normally makes,” Durant said. “I just tried to play as strong as I can, contest some shots and not get discouraged when he hits them because he makes tough shots and he’s a guy that can get hot. I just try to rely on my teammates, and they did a great job of helping me out, building a wall behind me, and I just tried to play as hard as I can.”
Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who have lost four of five.
• Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter (46-15) with Chris Paul back in the lineup and pummeled the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 123-78.
Rainier Beach High product Jamal Crawford scored 21 for the defending Pacific Division champions, who were 12-6 while Paul was sidelined with a separated right shoulder that occurred on Jan. 3 at Dallas. The seven-time All-Star point guard had seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds and 10 points, helping Los Angeles increase its division lead over idle Phoenix to four games.
Former Husky Tony Wroten scored 21 points off the bench for the 76ers. Center Spencer Hawes. also a former UW standout, missed all eight shots in 23 scoreless minutes and had just two rebounds.
The 45-point margin of victory was the largest for the Clippers’ franchise against any team. The previous record was 37 on Dec. 5, 1975, when the Buffalo Braves beat Cleveland 125-88 at home.
• Victor Oladipo had 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Orlando Magic rallied to surprise the visiting Indiana Pacers 93-92.
Indiana stole Orlando’s inbounds pass with nine seconds left and Paul George (27 points) was able to get off a 20-foot jumper. But it was deflected and rebounded by the Magic, which ran out the clock.
• Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Shawn Marion finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas in a 102-91 win in Boston, extending the Mavericks’ winning streak to a season-high five in a row.
Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Boston, which had won three straight games.
Hilario scored 18 points and the Washington Wizards beat the visiting Sacramento Kings 93-84.
Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas, the former UW star, scored 30 points and had eight assists.
• Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points, Joakim Noah had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting Chicago held off Los Angeles, 92-86, after nearly blowing a 19-point lead.