Durant guides Thunder past struggling Blazers


Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Portland Trail Blazers 98-95 on Tuesday.

Jeremy Lamb had 19 points, including a key 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the Western Conference-leading Thunder, who have won 14 of their last 16 games.

Nicolas Batum had 18 points for Portland, which has lost five of seven and appears tired as the league approaches the All-Star break. Robin Lopez had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Bulls 100, Hawks 85

In Chicago, Joakim Noah scored 19 points as part of a triple-double, and the Bulls beat Atlanta.

Noah added 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and Taj Gibson had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago, which had six players score in double figures.

Bobcats 114, Mavericks 89

In Charlotte, Al Jefferson scored 30 points and Anthony Tolliver added 22 as the Bobcats earned a rare win over Dallas.

Cavaliers 109, Kings 99

In Cleveland, Luol Deng scored 22 points, and the Cavaliers avenged a 44-point loss to Sacramento on Jan. 12.

Grizzlies 92, Wizards 89

In Memphis, Nick Calathes and Marc Gasol scored 18 points each, and the Grizzlies overcame a career-best 37 points from Washington’s Bradley Beal.

Heat 103, Suns 97

In Phoenix, LeBron James rebounded from one of his worst games of the season to score 37 points, and Miami beat the Suns.

James, who had matched his season low with 13 points in Saturday’s loss at Utah, scored 25 in the second half, 14 in the fourth quarter. He also had five steals.

Jazz 96, Lakers 79

In Los Angeles, reserve Alec Burks scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Utah sent the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers to a franchise record-tying sixth straight home loss.