Thunder squeeze past Mavericks, Warriors march past Pacers


The Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Dallas Mavericks 109-106 in a tight affair to record a season-best seven-game run in the NBA on Friday.

Kevin Durant scored 24 points at the American Airlines Center in Texas, as Russell Westbrook had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Thunder almost threw away a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter after the Mavericks outscored the visitors by eight, but they managed to hold on despite Dallas' Chandler Parsons leading the scoring with 26 points.

The Warriors gave Steve Kerr the perfect present on his return to the Golden State bench, as they recorded their third successive win, cruising past the Indiana Pacers 122-110.

After missing over half the season following back surgery complications, the coach watched on from the sidelines as Steph Curry produced another triple-double, notching a game-high 39 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

Myles Turner topped the charts for the Pacers with 31 points off the bench.

The Toronto Raptors extended their winning run to seven games, comfortably surpassing the Miami Heat 101-81.

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 for the Raptors, while Terrence Ross contributed 13 from the bench as Toronto struck 60 before the half-time interval - at no point did they fall behind.

Despite ending on the losing side, Chris Bosh made 26 and Dwyane Wade hit 22 points for Miami, who are now 23-21 for the season.

Manu Ginobli scored a season-high 20 points for San Antonio as the Spurs saw-off the Los Angeles Lakers 108-95 to spoil the 10th anniversary of Kobe Bryant's historic 81-point game.

D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Lakers but could not prevent  Los Angeles losing five on the bounce.

DeAndre Jordan fired the Los Angeles Clippers to a 116-88 win over the New York Knicks, scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds in an emphatic performance at Madison Square Garden.

Chris Paul added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Clippers, while Carmelo Anthony top scored for the Knicks with 16 of his own.

Elsewhere across the NBA, the Charlotte Hornets accounted for the Orlando Magic 120-116, the Boston Celtics dropped the Chicago Bulls 110-101, the Utah Jazz were too strong for the Brooklyn Nets in a 108-86 victory and the Milwaukee Bucks were beaten 102-98 by the Houston Rockets.