Kevin Durant finally found his postseason shooting touch to get Oklahoma City off to a quick start, and the Thunder never trailed on the...
DALLAS — Kevin Durant finally found his postseason shooting touch to get Oklahoma City off to a quick start, and the Thunder never trailed on the way to a 95-79 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night for a commanding 3-0 series lead over the defending NBA champions.
After two close games on its home court, the young Thunder ran away with Game 3.
It will run away with the first-round series with one more win. Game 4 is Saturday in Dallas.
Durant finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting. The three-time NBA scoring champion was a combined 15 of 44 in the first two games of the series, though he had a game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left in the opener.
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Russell Westbrook added 20 points for the Thunder.
Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points to lead Dallas.
Knicks set record
in loss to Heat
NEW YORK — LeBron James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter and break open the game, and the Miami Heat took a 3-0 lead, sending the New York Knicks to an NBA postseason-record 13th straight loss, 87-70.
James had 17 points in the final period for the Heat, which held the short-handed Knicks to eight field goals in the second half and will go for the sweep Sunday.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat and Mario Chalmers had 19, hitting consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter when the Heat finally brought some beauty to what had been an ugly game.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but shot 7 of 23 for the Knicks, playing without Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert.
The Knicks broke the record set by Memphis from 2004 to 2006. They haven’t won a playoff game since April 29, 2001.
NEW YORK — The Securities and Exchange Commission is reviewing a compensation program at Chesapeake Energy Corp. that created potential conflicts of interest for its CEO.
Chesapeake, the nation’s second-largest natural-gas producer, disclosed the SEC review late Thursday. It said regulators have started an “informal inquiry” and asked that the company and CEO Aubrey McClendon retain “certain documents.”
The Oklahoma City company said it will cooperate with the inquiry. McClendon is part of the ownership group that moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City.
The SEC will review a 19-year-old program that allows McClendon to take personal stakes in the company’s oil and natural-gas wells. Investors have criticized the program for years, saying it could interfere with the way McClendon runs the company.
Chesapeake has opened its own investigation into the program. It also stripped McClendon of his board chairmanship.