NEW YORK – Kevin Durant heard all about Golden State and San Antonio the last few days, and isn’t bothered the NBA’s best have been hogging all the headlines.
“We just try to worry about us and what we could do every single day to get better,” he said.
Hard to imagine him being much better than he was Tuesday.
Durant scored a season-high 44 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 128-122 in overtime.
Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime to surpass the 43 points he had against Orlando on Oct. 30, a game that went to two overtimes.
One was all the Thunder needed this time, as Durant hit four straight free throws in the final half-minute to finish 16-for-18 from the line.
“Just be calm in those situations, man,” Durant said. “Worst that can happen is you lose the basketball game.”
76ers 113, Suns 103
In Philadelphia, Ish Smith had 20 points and nine assists and Robert Covington scored 19 points.
Raptors 106, Wizards 89
In Toronto, All-Star starter Kyle Lowry put up 29 points before leaving with an injury in the final minutes.
Heat 102, Nets 98
In New York, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 27 points.
Bucks 107, Magic 100
In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked eight times and scored 25 points as the Bucks, with coach Jason Kidd back on the bench, sent Orlando to its seventh straight loss.
Trail Blazers 112, Kings 97
In Portland, C.J. McCollum scored 18 points, and Damian Lillard had 15.
Mavericks 92, Lakers 90
In Los Angeles, Dirk Nowitzki hit the tiebreaking jumper with 2.1 seconds to play.