Thunder Rout Warriors – NBA Roundup For February 7th
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors didn’t settle into their Oklahoma City hotel until nearly dawn, and it showed. The Oklahoma City Thunder won their 15th straight game against a Western Conference team by throttling the Warriors 119-98 behind Kevin Durant’s 25 points. Russell Westbrook added 22.
The Thunder were able to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks with a 16-4 run to start the fourth quarter that featured 10 points from sixth man Kevin Martin.
In other NBA action:
— John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zuh) scored 20 points and the Washington Wizards broke the New York Knicks’ five-game winning streak with a 106-96 victory. Among those in attendance for Wall’s performance in Washington was his old college coach from Kentucky, John Calipari. The Wizards also snapped New York’s 10-game winning streak over them.
— Three games in three nights translated into three victories for the iron men Indiana Pacers. Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers to an 88-69 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
— Jeff Teague had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, Josh Smith added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-92. Al Horford finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hawks snap a two-game skid.
— LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 31 points and eight assists, and the Miami Heat held off the Houston Rockets 114-108. The Heat are 20-3 at home.
— Eric Bledsoe had 27 points, including 19 in the second half, and the Los Angeles Clippers ended their three-game losing streak with an 86-76 win over the Orlando Magic.
— Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game by beating the Toronto Raptors 99-95.
— Brook Lopez had 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won at Detroit for the first time since 2006, holding off the Pistons 93-90.
— New Orleans topped Phoenix 93-84. Greivis Vasquez (GREE’-vihs) led the Hornets with 19.
— Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in just three quarters, rookie Dion Waiters added 19,and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 122-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
— O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99 for coach Rick Carlisle’s 500th career victory.
— Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson each scored 19 points, Enes Kanter had 17 and a career-high five blocks, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-86.
— Danny Green hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points to help the San Antonio Spurs to their 11th straight win, 104-94 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
UNDATED (AP) — Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL’) has been diagnosed with a tear of the plantar fascia of his right foot and could be out four to six weeks.
The Lakers say an MRI revealed the injury. The team said the results will be sent to team doctors in Los Angeles for analysis and that Gasol will return Thursday to be examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung.
In other NBA news:
— NBA Commissioner David Stern says the group that has reached agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings has formally filed to relocate the franchise to Seattle. Stern called the Seattle group, led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, “very strong.”
— The NBA for the most part has managed to avoid the major performance-enhancing drug scandals that have plagued the NFL and Major League Baseball over the last decade. Commissioner David Stern is hoping to keep it that way. Stern said that he thinks the NBA is on track to begin testing its players for human growth hormone, perhaps as early as next season.