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NBA scores 2013: Kevin Durant's heroics push Thunder past Wizards, Spurs blitz Knicks

Kevin Durant saved the Thunder, the Spurs routed the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and the rest of Sunday's NBA action.

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Kevin Durant played hero in regulation and overtime, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a thrilling 106-105 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards. Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and it was his two free throws with 40 seconds left in the extra period that put the Thunder ahead for good.

Minutes before, Durant sent the game to overtime with a game-tying three-pointer with 13.6 seconds left in regulation:

Durant's three capped off a furious Thunder comeback following the ejections of Russell Westbrook and Nene. Oklahoma City erased a 10-point deficit with just over three minutes to go after Westbrook and Nene hit the showers for exchanging shoves, with Serge Ibaka scoring six points during the run. Ibaka had 25 points on the night.

Durant's heroics spoiled an excellent performance by Bradley Beal, who poured in 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting overall and 6-of-8 from deep. John Wall struggled with his shooting, scoring just 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and putting forth this weak effort on the potential game-winner in overtime:


San Antonio Spurs 120, New York Knicks 89

Danny Green had 24 points to lead a balanced scoring effort as the San Antonio Spurs embarrassed the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a Sunday matinee.

Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points off the bench, while Tony Parker had 17 points and Tim Duncan added a double-double. The Spurs shot 53.9 percent overall and made 12-of-28 from long range.

San Antonio blitzed New York from the start, running out to a 35-17 lead after one quarter. The Knicks stemmed the tide momentarily in the second quarter, but the Spurs erased all doubt of the outcome in the third quarter.

Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani each had 16 points for New York. J.R. Smith really struggled in his return to the lineup, going 1-of-9 from the field and turning it over four times in 21 minutes. Needless to say, the Knicks weren't happy with their performance:

Phoenix Suns 101, New Orleans Pelicans 94

Eric Bledsoe had 24 points and Markieff Morris added 23 off the bench to lead the Suns to victory over the Pelicans.

Bledsoe scored his 24 points on just 11 shots while tallying six assists. The point guard also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, completely erasing an Anthony Davis shot attempt:


The game was tight throughout, and the margin was one with just under six minutes to go. A mini-run by Morris extended the Suns' lead out to five, and after the Pelicans got back to within three, Phoenix went on a three-point barrage to put the game away.

Jason Smith had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead New Orleans. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow both added 16 points. Tyreke Evans played only seven minutes in the loss.

Minnesota Timberwolves 113, Los Angeles Lakers 90

The Wolves scored 47 points in the first quarter en route to snapping a 22-game losing streak against the Lakers. Kevin Love had 18 points and eight rebounds in the opening quarter, and the big man finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds on the night:

In addition to those impressive stats, Love also did a pretty good imitation of a quarterback:


Kevin Martin led Minnesota with 27 points, while Ricky Rubio had a triple-double with 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Rubio also had five steals.

Steve Blake had a nice game for the Lakers, scoring 19 points and dishing out eight assists. Blake knocked down five of the Lakers' 10 three-pointers on the evening. Jodie Meeks chipped in 16 points off the bench.

Steve Nash left the game and didn't return due to a back injury.

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