NBA Scores And More: Kevin Durant Scores 47 In Win, But Deron Williams' Gaudy Total Not Enough

Oklahoma City needed every bit of Kevin Durant's career night in an overtime win against the Wolves. In other action, the Spurs sent the Jazz to another loss and Chris Paul led the Hornets to a 10th consecutive win.

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Thunder Vs. Wolves: Kevin Durant's 47 Just Enough To Edge Minnesota

Kevin Durant scored 47 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder needed every last one of them to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-117 in overtime. The stepback jumper at the end of this clip gave the Thunder a 118-116 lead with 28 seconds left in overtime.

But Minnesota drew breath when Kevin Love (surprise!) rebounded a Michael Beasley misfire. Love missed the putback attempt, but Thabo Sefolosha fouled Corey Brewer on the ensuing scrum for the game-deciding rebound. Brewer went to the line with a chance for the tie with seven seconds left. He made the first, missed the second ... and Minnesota got the rebound! But Luke Ridnour missed the game-winning three-pointer. (Ricky Rubio totally would have made it.)

From the midpoint of the fourth quarter on, neither team led by more than four points. In fact, the Thunder led by four just once in that span, and for just a brief spell. This was an edge-of-your-couch affair, the type of game that, if players hit their free throws, ends up in triple-overtime.

Love had 31 points and 21 rebounds on the night. In the second half and overtime, Durant ended up scoring 36 points on 19 shots, which is rather incredible. Jonny Flynn got 15 minutes of action, but produced just two points and three assists.


Spurs Vs. Jazz: Utah Loses Again, Despite Deron Williams' 39

Deron Williams scored 39 points, but the San Antonio Spurs scored at will en route to a 112-105 victory over the Utah Jazz. Williams fought hard to break Utah's losing streak, scoring 29 points in the second half. But San Antonio's guards seemed to match him basket for basket, and the Spurs maintained a 10-point lead for much of the second half.

Manu Ginobili scored 26 points, and Tony Parker added 23. The duo also combined for 13 assists. Williams' backcourt partner, Raja Bell, unfortunately was unable to provide the needed defense on Manu and any offense; Raja didn't score in 34 minutes before fouling out. If Jerry Sloan is really searching for answers to fix his team's plight, someone (like Williams, perhaps) ought to start coughing maniacally and pointing at Bell.

Only half of Utah's frontcourt showed up, too. Al Jefferson scored 22 points and pulled in nine rebounds, but Paul Millsap struggled with eight points and three rebounds in 18 minutes. Millsap has scored 11 or fewer points in six of his last seven games. The Jazz need more from that spot, especially if the team's getting nothing from the two-guard position.

But, as Zach Lowe explained earlier this week, Utah needs more Millsap on the defensive glass, more than anything.


Hornets Vs. Warriors: Chris Paul Leads New Orleans To 10th Straight Win

Chris Paul had 18 points on 7-9 shooting and 17 assists as the New Orleans Hornets left Oracle Arena with a 112-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors. David West (22 points, 8-12) and Trevor Ariza (19, 7-11) also scored well and efficiently. New Orleans shot 62 percent from the floor.

Thank goodness, because the Warriors shot 50 percent themselves, a rarity against the staunch Hornets' defense. Monta Ellis was the top scorer with 26 on 8-13 shooting, but Dorell Wright was a killer with 25 points on 10-15 shooting with two of Golden State's four three-pointers. Stephen Curry added 20 points, and David Lee had a double-double with 16 and 10.

But none of that was enough, as CP3 held the game on a string. The game wasn't as close as it appears; the Hornets had a 25-point lead early in the fourth quarter. New Orleans took a 13-point lead after the first quarter, a 12-point lead into halftime and a 17-point lead after three. Every time Golden State pressed a bit, Paul and the Hornets answered. Usually immediately.


Bucks Vs. Hawks: Earl Boykins Does It Again, Leads Milwaukee To Comeback Victory

There's something about Earl Boykins that's impermanent. He is the definition of NBA journeyman -- there's no way any team, at this point, will sign him to a multi-year deal. He's completely inconsistent; these big nights come out of nowhere, disappear just as quickly as they arrived, and return randomly in the future. Boykins scored 20 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Atlanta Hawks 98-90 on Wednesday, with 11 coming in the fourth.

The Bucks had trailed by 11 entering the fourth, but Atlanta shot itself out of the game. The Hawks shot 5-21 in the final quarter; Josh Smith was 1-6 and Joe Johnson was 1-4. Boykins, meanwhile, was 4-5 and teammate Carlos Delfino scored nine in the quarter on 3-5 shooting. For a team starved of offensive production -- despite the regular presence of Corey Maggette, perhaps a charter member of the All-21st Century Offense With No Defense Team. (Maggette did score 21 before fouling out.)

Atlanta hasn't been on a skid, but there have been some eye-opening losses here, between this loss to an injury-riddled Bucks squads and that epic beatdown by the Hornets. The Hawks draw the Knicks on Friday. That should be a nice test of where this team is at.

In other action ...

Magic 111, Pacers 96: Orlando overcame 27 points by Danny Granger to win waltzing away in Indianapolis. Roy Hibbert continued to shuffle around without aim or traction, and Dwight Howard racked up 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Nets 93, Grizzlies 88: New Jersey has won four of five since abandoning the Carmelo Anthony trade, and the Grizzlies can't get out of their own way. Memphis could have gotten to .500 with a win. Anthony Morrow, without question the Nets' best free agent pick-up, sprung for 19 off the bench. Memphis hit 9-17 on three-pointers. Memphis hit 2-12.

76ers 107, Raptors 94: DeMar DeRozan continued his scoring rampage with 29, but Philadelphia's action on the offensive glass and hot shooting from key players sent Toronto to its ninth straight loss. Marreese Speights had 23 points in 17 minutes for Philly, abusing the Raptors' zone in the second quarter.

Nuggets 109, Pistons 100: Carmelo Anthony shot just 5-16 on his way to 18 points, but he added 10 rebounds and seven assists as Denver leaped over the Utah Jazz for the No. 6 spot in the West. The Nuggets have won seven of nine, and face the Cavaliers on Friday. Tracy McGrady had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Pistons.

Rockets 96, Clippers 83: Blake Griffin indeed played, but not terribly well by his standards, putting up 14 points on 5-16 shooting with 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry was the star, with 20 points on 7-13 shooting, eight assists and six rebounds. The teams combined to shoot 38.8 percent, and I promise it's not because they are good defensive teams.

Bobcats 114, Suns 107: Charlotte has started its Western road trip with two straight wins after defeating the Suns. Steve Nash scored 27 points and handed out 15 assists, but the Bobcats shot way more efficiently than they ever ought to (thanks, Phoenix defense!). Kwame Brown had another double-double. Charles Oakley is coming for your children. (Don't worry. He just wants to make them rebounding beasts.)

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