OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the travel-weary Golden State Warriors 119-98 Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks.
Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Warriors didn’t get settled in Oklahoma City until almost daybreak and it showed in the early going. The Thunder finally put it away with a 16-4 run to start the fourth quarter that featured 10 points from sixth man Kevin Martin.
Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson had 19 points apiece for the Warriors.
Heat 114, Rockets 108: In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 points and eight assists for the Heat.
Shane Battier scored 12, Norris Cole added 10 and Udonis Haslem grabbed 13 rebounds for Miami, which moved to 20-3 at home.
James Harden finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds for Houston, which got a 15-point, 14-rebound night from Omer Asik and 15 more points from Patrick Patterson. Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons each scored 13 for the Rockets.
Hawks 103, Grizzlies 92: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, Josh Smith added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.
Al Horford finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hawks snap a two-game skid.
Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 17 as the Grizzlies lost their second straight.
Celtics 99, Raptors 95: In Toronto, Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game.
Courtney Lee added 15 points, Leandro Barbosa had 14, Avery Bradley 11 and Brandon Bass 10 as the Celtics remained unbeaten since losing guard Rajon Rondo to a season-ending knee injury.
Clippers 86, Magic 76: In Orlando, Fla., Eric Bledsoe had 27 points, including 19 in the second half, and the Los Angeles Clippers used a big third quarter to beat the Magic.
Jameer Nelson scored 18 points to lead the Magic and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Nets 93, Pistons 90: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brook Lopez had 17 points for the Brooklyn Nets.
Will Bynum’s tying 3-point attempt from the right corner was short in the final seconds.
Joe Johnson scored 16 points for Brooklyn, including two free throws with 8.8 seconds left that made it a three-point game.
Wizards 106, Knicks 96: In Washington, John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Trevor Ariza scored 20 points and the Wizards broke the New York Knicks’ five-game winning streak.
Ariza’s four-point play to start the fourth quarter gave the Wizards a 74-73 lead. His 3-pointer pushed Washington’s advantage to 88-80 with 8:36 to play.
Pacers 88, 76ers 69: In Philadelphia, Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers, who won their third game in three nights.
Paul George, George Hill and David West each scored 15 points for the Pacers. Jrue Holiday had 17 points for the Sixers.
Cavaliers 122, Bobcats 95: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in just three quarters, rookie Dion Waiters added 19 for the Cavaliers.
Tristan Thompson scored 17 for the young-and-improving Cavs, who are 8-9 since Jan. 1.
Byron Mullens scored 15 to pace Charlotte.
Stern: Seattle group files to relocate Kings: NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday night that the group that has reached agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings has formally filed to relocate the franchise to Seattle.
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