Durant extends scoring streak as OKC beats Denver

Posted at 03/25/2014 3:37 PM | Updated as of 03/25/2014 3:37 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Quincy Miller (30) and Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Thunder 117, Nuggets 96

Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Durant has now scored at least 25 points in 35 consecutive games and is five away from tying Michael Jordan's all-time record since the NBA merger in 1976. Durant also had eight assists and shot 10-for-21 from the field.

Oklahoma City (52-18) played without Russell Westbrook, out with a knee injury.

The injury-plagued Nuggets (32-39) were never really in contention the entire night.

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Grizzlies 109, Timberwolves 92

Mike Conley scored 23 points, Zach Randolph added 17 and Marc Gasol registered a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves (34-35) lost for the 16th time in their past 18 meetings with the Grizzlies (42-28).

Minnesota were led by forward Kevin Love's 16 points.

Memphis survived a scare late in the third quarter when Conley fell to the floor after apparently re-injuring his ankle. Conley, who missed seven games in early February after spraining his right ankle, returned to start the fourth quarter, however.

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Pelicans 109, Nets 104

Anthony Morrow overcame a frigid shooting night to bury a pair of three-pointers in overtime, and New Orleans got a season-high 33 points from Tyreke Evans to erase a 22-point, third-quarter deficit and defeat the Brooklyn Nets.

Morrow's first long-range jumper came just seconds after coach Monty Williams tried to pull him from the game for his 2-of-10 shooting but had the substitution disallowed.

Anthony Davis, who scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, had a monster defensive play down the stretch for the Pelicans (30-40), swallowing up a layup attempt by Mason Plumlee.

The Nets (37-32) were paced by Paul Pierce with 24 points and Deron Williams with 23.