NBA Scores And More: Thunder Drop Heat In Miami, Celtics Beat Pacers

Dwyane Wade has a killer dunk on Kendrick Perkins, but the Thunder got the last laugh with an 11-point win in South Beach. In other action, the Celtics vanquished the Pacers and the Mavericks came back from 18 down to beat the Warriors.

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Thunder Vs. Heat: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Triumph As Miami's Big Three Struggle

Kevin Durant poured in 29 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rocked the Miami Heat 96-85 in South Beach. Miami's Big Three scored plenty of points -- 61 in all -- but shot poorly from the field as Oklahoma City's defense forced tough jumpers. LeBron James scored just 19 points on 8-21 shooting. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each tallied 21, but Bosh shot just 6-17 and Wade 7-21. Durant took 21 field goal attempts, just like LeBron and Wade. But Durantula hit 12 of them, as James had trouble figuring out how best to handle the reigning scoring champ.

Wade earned some modicum of respect, though, with one of the best in-game dunks you'll see. It came over old rival and new Thunderer Kendrick Perkins, and it was glorious.

That is was chased with a Cabbage Patch is simply icing.

But Perk, of course, got the last laugh. While he didn't produce much and fouled out early, he's set a certain tone on defense that has Serge Ibaka and others committed to make the right play; even though this is only his second in OKC blue, Perkins was barking at Ibaka on a particularly defensive play. This team desperately needed a boost in defensive intensity, and there are few more intense than Perk. One can only dream of how far Perkins can take Durant, Russell Westbrook and the gang.

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Pacers Vs. Celtics: Jeff Green Breaks Out As Boston Blasts Indiana

Jeff Green had perhaps his best game yet with the Boston Celtics as he scored 19 points off the bench as the reigning Eastern champs knocked off the visiting Indiana Pacers 92-80. The Pacers had won two straight -- both over the New York Knicks -- but were never in contention against the C's, who actually play defense.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 20 points, including a monster jam (that isn't on YouTube) on Roy Hibbert. The way Doc Rivers has used Green to augment the rotation is pretty interesting; Pierce obviously soaks up the lion's share of small forward minutes, and Rivers is comfortable with Kevin Garnett, Nenad Krstic and Glen Davis running the frontcourt (until Shaquille O'Neal returns, and allowing Troy Murphy some burn). So Rivers has used Green as a two-guard behind Ray Allen, playing next to Pierce. When Pierce comes out, on Wednesday at least, Rivers turns to two-guard Delonte West, pushing Green up to small forward.

Green played power forward almost exclusively in Oklahoma City. The role is quite a shift, but it makes sense given Green's skillset, and it seems to be working.

Tyler Hansbrough, who destroyed Amar'e Stoudemire twice in a row, couldn't get it going against Garnett. Psycho T shot just 4-14. Paul George led the Pacers with 15 points.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors: Dirk Nowitzki, Rodrigue Beaubois Power Dallas Past Golden State

It must haunt Dirk Nowitzki to visit the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, the site of the Dallas Mavericks' greatest losses (the Miami Heat's American Airlines Center excepted). But he showed no signs of fear in leading the Mavs to a 112-106 victory in Oakland on Wednesday.

Dirk scored 34 points on 10-22 shooting, with 12 coming in the crucial fourth. Dallas actually trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, and by seven with seven minutes remaining. But the Mavericks went on a 15-0 run over four minutes; Nowitzki scored eight of those himself. Golden State couldn't recover.

Golden State scored rather efficiently all night long; Monta Ellis shot 10-20 for 26 points, and David Lee hit 10-14 for 22. But as is usually the case, those same scorers gave up big nights to their opponents; Lee couldn't handle Nowitzki, and Rodrigue Beaubois shredded Ellis for 18 points of his own, on 7-11 shooting. Beaubois, a lightning quick Caribbean guard, also had four steals; there was a stretch in the first quarter during which Ellis committed three consecutive turnovers, the first two of which were steals by Beaubois and the third of which was forced by Rodrigue.

In other action:

Nuggets 102, Hawks 87: Denver isn't just winning without Carmelo Anthony -- the Nuggets are killing playoff teams. Nene dropped 20 points on Al Horford, and Atlanta's three-guard lineup failed as the Hawks shot just 41 percent from the floor.

Pistons 107, Raptors 93: Rip Hamilton scored a game-high 24. Anyone else think the Pistons would be in a legit race for the final playoff spot had Rip and John Kuester settled their differences earlier and Hamilton would have played all along?

Magic 93, Bucks 89 (OT): Milwaukee made the Magic sweat. Jameer Nelson got caught by Brandon Jennings with the Magic up three and just seconds remaining in regulation, as Jennings managed to slip into the act of shooting as Nelson fouled him. Jennings hit all three free throws. But Dwight Howard was on a rampage, and Hedo Turkoglu took over in overtime.

Hornets 100, Suns 95: Chris Paul is still bangin'; is it rude to say that the concussion seemed to spark him pretty well? Paul had 26 points and nine assists. Steve Nash is still ailing badly, though. Someone hit him in the head!

Rockets 94, Bobcats 78: Houston's offense wasn't exactly on point, but it hardly needs to be against the Bobcats these days. Charlotte makes the Big Ten look like arena football.

Jazz 119, Wolves 104: Well C.J. Miles, check out that 40 points you just scored! Miles went 14-18 from the floor and six of seven from beyond the arc.

Cavaliers 97, Kings 93: Beno Udrih couldn't guard a crosswalk, despite his best intentions. Ramon Sessions, decidedly more dangerous than a crosswalk, ripped off 20 points on 10-15 shooting as Cleveland earned a road win. It's actually possible that the Kings -- not the Cavs -- would finish with the NBA's worst record. And the Cavs lost 26 straight!

76ers 104, Clippers 94: Elton Brand, the Clippers' last amazing power forward, gave Blake Griffin a lesson. What that lesson was, I don't know. But it was vicious! Brand had 19 and 12; Griffin shot 3-12 and fouled out in 36 minutes. Philadelphia wins.

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