The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 19, 2013

Durant has 52 as Thunder win in OT


Associated Press

DALLAS, Texas — Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a Dallas Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory Friday night.

The Thunder, who won their sixth straight, snapped a season-high four-game winning streak for the Mavericks.

Dallas guard O.J. Mayo forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer with two defenders in his face with 2.3 seconds left in regulation.

Mike James had put Dallas ahead with a 3 pointer in overtime, but his shot from well behind the arc in the final seconds of the extra period fell short.

Russell Westbrook, who scored 31, missed a free throw to give the Mavericks one more chance to tie, but Vince Carter’s desperation 3 at the buzzer was short.



THUNDER 117, MAVERICKS 114

OKLAHOMA CITY (117) — Durant 13-31 21-21 52, Ibaka 5-13 1-2 11, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2,  Westbrook 12-26 7-9 31, Sefolosha 0-4 0-0 0, Martin 3-10 4-4 11,  N.Collison 4-6 0-0 8, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-95 33-36 117.

DALLAS (114) — Marion 4-5 0-0 8, Nowitzki 5-19 8-9 18, Kaman 3-5 0-0 6,  D.Collison 5-8 5-6 15, Mayo 6-16 5-6 18, Brand 4-11 2-2 10,  Carter 10-17 5-7 29, M.James 4-7 0-0 10, Crowder 0-1 0-0 0,  Da.Jones 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 41-91 25-30 114.



Oklahoma City    30    23    28    24    12    —    117

Dallas    22    24    26    33    9    —    114



3-Point Goals—Oklahoma City 6-20 (Durant 5-9, Martin 1-6, Sefolosha  0-2, Westbrook 0-3), Dallas 7-20 (Carter 4-8, M.James 2-5, Mayo 1-3,  Crowder 0-1, D.Collison 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2). Fouled Out—None.  Rebounds—Oklahoma City 57 (Ibaka 14), Dallas 57 (Brand 13).  Assists—Oklahoma City 13 (Westbrook 6), Dallas 24 (Mayo 7). Total  Fouls—Oklahoma City 23, Dallas 23. Technicals—Perkins, Nowitzki, Dallas  defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Brand. A—20,434 (19,200).