Durant hot streak continues in Thunder win vs Spurs

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Posted at Jan 23 2014 01:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 23 2014 09:20 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a dunk as San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) and guard Cory Joseph (5) defend during the second half at AT&T Center. Photo by Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Thunder 111, Spurs 105

Kevin Durant had another stellar offensive performance, scoring 36 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat San Antonio to move a half-game in front of the Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference.

Durant recorded his ninth straight game with at least 30 points, going 12 of 22 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line for the Thunder (33-10).

Guard Tony Parker, who sat out Sunday's game with a bruised right shin, led San Antonio (32-10) with a season high 37.

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Raptors 93, Mavericks 85

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-best 40 points and the Toronto Raptors came back from 21 points down to defeat the Dallas Mavericks.

Toronto (21-20) outscored Dallas 78-51 over the final three quarters to dig out of an early hole.

Monta Ellis led Dallas (25-19) with 21 points.

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Bulls 98, Cavaliers 87

D.J. Augustin scored a game-high 27 points to lead the depleted Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Augustin started in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich, while forward Taj Gibson matched his career high with 26 points for the Bulls (21-20) in place of injured Carlos Boozer.

Cavs (15-27) forward Luol Deng made his first start against his former team since being traded this year, but made just 2 of 11 shots and scored 11 points.