Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Reggie Jackson added 27 as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs, 111-105, on Wednesday. Without Russell Westbrook, OKC has now won five straight games thanks to KD's recent hot streak.
Despite 11 turnovers, Durant shot 12-of-22 from the field and added seven rebounds in the win. He stepped up when it counted, too, hitting a couple late three-pointers to put away the game:
Meanwhile, Jackson was simply superb, delivering an 8-to-0 assist-to-turnover ratio in addition to his efficient scoring effort. The rest of the Thunder turned the ball over just four times, lessening the impact of Durant's occasional sloppiness.
DeMar DeRozan went off for a career-high 40 points and the Raptors' record now sits over .500 this season. DeRozan was electric in the victory, hitting 15 of 22 attempts from the field and 9 of 14 from the free throw line.
The outburst came at a good time, because the rest of the team hit just 17 field goals in the game. Kyle Lowry shot 0 of 10, Terrence Ross was 1 of 7 and Greivis Vasquez was 5 of 13. Without the big game from DeRozan, it's hard to imagine the Raptors still winning this one.
Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting, but committed eight turnovers. Dallas led by five after the third quarter, but nine turnovers in the fourth proved costly as the Raptors rallied behind DeRozan and Vasquez.
Luol Deng struggled in his first-ever game against the Bulls, hitting just 2 of 11 shots from the field as his former team got the win. D.J. Augustin led the way for Chicago with 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds while shooting 8 of 14 from the field and 5 of 8 from three.
An emotional game for both sides following the recent deal that sent Deng to Cleveland after nearly a decade in Chicago, Joakim Noah stepped up against his best friend's new team. Noah finished Wednesday with nine points, 18 rebounds and six assists, filling up the box score while anchoring a solid defensive effort.
The Clippers may be without Chris Paul, but the Bobcats didn't have Kemba Walker. With both teams' starting point guards sidelined, Al Jefferson stepped up for 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charlotte to an impressive home victory.
Without CP3, Los Angeles has been rolling lately, but the Bobcats used some strong perimeter defense to get the win. While the Clippers held a 48-38 advantage on points in the paint, they shot just 6 of 26 from beyond the arc and drew only nine free throw attempts.
Even the alley-oops weren't working on Wednesday:
Washington's quest to go over .500 hit another setback Wednesday in a frustrating loss to Boston. After rallying from an early double-digit lead to close things up by the fourth quarter, Nene missed a possible game-winner at the end of regulation and Jeff Green helped lead an impressive overtime effort to get the win.
Gerald Wallace hit the game-winner for Boston in the final seconds, getting an easy shot at the rim after some miscommunication by the Wizards' defense.
Green was fantastic for the Celtics in D.C., leading all scorers with 39 points while shooting 14 of 26 from the field and 8 of 16 from three. Rookie guard Phil Pressey also came up huge, hitting a big three-pointer in overtime while recording 20 points and four assists in the win.
John Wall delivered a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but also committed six turnovers and shot just 9 of 29 from the field. Nene had 17 points and nine rebounds, but missed the crucial mid-range jumper that could've put Washington ahead and avoided OT.
Orlando went on an 18-4 run to take a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Hawks responded by attacking the basket and draining free throws in a bizarre win. Of Atlanta's final 12 points, 10 came from the charity stripe as the Magic struggled to contain Jeff Teague's penetration.
Teague finished with 23 points, but Paul Millsap and Pero Antic also stepped up. Millsap filled the box score with 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals -- falling just two steals short of a rare 5-by-5 -- while Antic recorded a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) and hit four pivotal free throws in the final minute.
After scoring a combined 29 points in his past three games, Evan Turner showed up and delivered a 34-point, 11-rebound outing against New York on Wednesday. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Philadelphia.
Beyond getting the good Turner, the Sixers also got strong performances from Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young against the Knicks. MCW finished Wednesday with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Young had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
That's worth exactly zero points.
Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi each recorded at least 19 points and 10 rebounds in Houston's third straight win. With an additional 24 points from James Harden, this was a pretty easy win for the Rockets at Toyota Center.
Following the first-half departures of Rudy Gay to an Achilles injury and DeMarcus Cousins to an ankle sprain, the Rockets slowly pulled away with their usual combination of free throws, three-pointers and Howard dominance. While Dwight was just 6-of-17 from the free throw line, he hit 10-of-13 shots from the field and finished the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Caron Butler came off the bench with 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Milwaukee won its eighth game of the year. Facing Detroit's big frontline, the Bucks stepped up and held a 45-40 rebounding advantage while hitting twice as many three-pointers.
The Suns shot lights out from distance en route to a blowout win at home over the Pacers. Phoenix made 11-of-16 attempts from three-point range (69 percent) and shot 54 percent from the field on the night, improving to 15-6 at home.
The Pacers saw their five-game winning streak snapped but still hold the best record in the NBA (33-8) at their halfway point of the season. Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and seven rebounds in defeat.