Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored 24 points and led a fourth-
quarter surge that propelled the Oklahoma City Thunder to a hard-earned 97-91
win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Held largely in check by
Chicago's notoriously tough defense, the NBA's three- time defending scoring
champion poured in 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting over the final 6:35 as the
Thunder overcame a six-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to record
its second consecutive victory. Six of those points occurred in the last
minute of play. Serge Ibaka added 21 points and nine rebounds and Russell
Westbrook tallied 16 points and 12 assists for an Oklahoma City squad that
outscored the Bulls by a 31-19 margin in the fourth quarter. Luol Deng netted
a game-high 27 points and Richard Hamilton finished with 20 for Chicago, but
the Bulls shot 26.9 percent from the field over the final 12 minutes en route
to their second loss in three tests on a current five-game homestand.
Final Score: LA Clippers 103, Portland 90
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench
and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-90, on
Thursday night. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul added 21 points apiece for
the Clippers, who have won two in a row to improve to 4-2 on the young
season. Jordan pulled down eight rebounds and Paul dished out six assists.
Nicolas Batum ended with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the
Blazers, who have dropped two straight. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge
tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively.
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