Basketball - Durant inspires Thunder to win over Knicks

Kevin Durant inspired the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory over the New York Knicks.

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Thunder 95, Knicks 94

Kevin Durant scored 34 points to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 95-94 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Durant scored his team's last six points as Oklahoma City (45-16) won for the sixth time in its past seven games.

J.R. Smith stood in for injured New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and contributed a season-high 36 points but failed with a game-winning jumper at the buzzer which bounced off the rim.

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Nuggets 107, Clippers 92

Ty Lawson had 21 points and 11 assists, Danilo Gallinari scored 20 and the Denver Nuggets used a strong second half to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 on Thursday for their seventh straight win.

Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won 12 straight home games and moved to 19 games above 500.

Denver won the season series with the Clippers, giving it the tie-breaker should it come into play at the end of the year. Los Angeles, sitting third in the Western Conference, is two-and-a-half games ahead of the Nuggets.

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