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NBA ROUNDUP: Durant, Thunder hold off Charlotte

by The Associated Press on December 28, 2013 10:20 AM

Kevin Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-85 Friday night without injured guard Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder announced before the game that Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be out until after the All-Star break.

Durant scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished 14 of 28 from the field. Serge Ibaka had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who have won seven straight road games and 11 of 12 overall.

Reggie Jackson started in place of Westbrook, shooting 4 of 19 from the floor.

The Thunder escaped after Josh McRoberts missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 3 seconds left.

In other games Friday:

• DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 and Sacramento beat undermanned Miami in overtime, 108-103. LeBron James finished with 33 points for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade (rest), Ray Allen (right knee tendinitis) and Chris Andersen (sore back).

• Stephen Curry had career highs of 16 assists and 13 rebounds to go with 14 points, and Golden State beat Phoenix for its fourth straight victory, 115-86. P.J. Tucker had 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Suns.

• Arron Afflalo scored 23 points to lead five teammates in double figures and Orlando snapped a three-game skid by beating Detroit, 109-92. Brandon Jennings had 21 points for the Pistons.

• Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 10 assists, and New Orleans handed Denver its fifth straight loss, 105-89. Wilson Chandler scored 22 points and J.J. Hickson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.

• Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 and Toronto rallied to beat New York, 95-83. Andrea Bargnani had 18 points and 12 rebounds for New York.

• Derrick Favors had 18 points and 14 rebounds and made a putback dunk with 2.1 seconds remaining to lift Utah over Los Angeles, 105-103. Nick Young scored 21 points to lead the Lakers.

• Kevin Love had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and J.J. Barea scored 17 points off the bench to help Minnesota top Washington, 120-98. John Wall had 26 points and seven assists for the Wizards.

• Shaun Livingston scored 20 points, Mirza Teletovic added 19 off the bench and Brooklyn scored a 104-93 victory over Milwaukee. Paul Pierce added 13 points for the Nets. Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

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