There was no coasting to a 10-game winning streak for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Up by 24 in the fourth quarter, it looked...
OKLAHOMA CITY — There was no coasting to a 10-game winning streak for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Up by 24 in the fourth quarter, it looked as if Durant and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook were going to rest for most of the final period.
The Sacramento Kings had another idea, forcing Oklahoma City to make one more push.
Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Thunder’s starters had to make a late appearance to hold off the Kings for a 113-103 victory on Friday night.
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It’s the franchise’s longest winning streak since November 1996, when it won 11 in a row as the Seattle SuperSonics.
“It’s good. We’re 19-4 and we just want to look at the bigger picture instead of winning streaks,” said sixth man Kevin Martin, who had 18 points. “We’re a pretty talented team, so we’re just taking baby steps and getting better every day.”
Sacramento closed to 103-98 thanks to former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas, who scored all 26 of his points in the final 13 ½ minutes. He had four three-pointers, a layup and a jumper during a 23-4 comeback attempt by the Kings.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks had already emptied his bench, but ended up calling a timeout with 4:17 remaining to put his starters back in.
Jimmer Fredette’s three free throws with 3:21 left made it 103-98, but that’s as close as it got. Fredette couldn’t connect on a three-pointer or a drive to the basket, and Thomas also missed a three as Oklahoma City regained its footing.
big shot for Nets
NEW YORK — Joe Johnson made a jumper from just inside the arc as time expired in the second overtime, giving the Brooklyn Nets a 107-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Johnson finished with 28 points for the Nets, scoring their final five in the second extra period. Gerald Wallace added 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Deron Williams scored 17 points and Andray Blatche had 16 for the Nets.
Rodney Stuckey from Kentwood High School had 19 points for the Pistons, who dropped their third straight.
• Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, reserve Jodie Meeks added 24 and the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-96 victory over the host Washington Wizards.
• Washington Wizards point guard John Wall can “ramp things up” as he recovers from a stress injury to his left kneecap, coach Randy Wittman said, though there’s still no specific timetable for his return.
• Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said guard Ricky Rubio worked out in Minnesota on Friday and is “very close” to returning from torn left-knee ligaments that have sidelined him since March. Timberwolves guard Malcolm Lee (knee) will be out indefinitely.
• The Hornets ruled out 7-footer Jason Smith, saying he could miss up to two weeks with a right shoulder sprain.
• Leading scorer Brook Lopez (foot) returned to the Brooklyn Nets’ starting lineup after missing seven games.
• The Philadelphia 76ers played without leading scorer Jrue Holiday (foot). The host Pacers beat the Sixers 95-85. Former Husky Spencer Hawes scored 18 points for Philadelphia.
• Toronto forward-center Andrea Bargnani offered a blunt assessment of the struggling Raptors, telling an Italian newspaper the club is “pretty much the worst team in the NBA.” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he intended speak to Bargnani about his remarks, but said he would be “surprised” if the comments had not been “lost in translation.”
• Shawne Williams, a first-round NBA draft pick in 2006, was arrested on drug charges after an officer patrolling a parking lot at a suburban Memphis mall smelled marijuana coming from a car.