NBA highlights: OKC beats Miami; Houston wins

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at Jan 30 2014 01:34 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2014 09:44 PM

Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games:

Thunder 112, Heat 95

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in front of Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen (11) at American Airlines Arena. Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder past the Miami Heat, who received 34 points from forward LeBron James.

Durant enjoyed his 12th consecutive game with 30 or more points, the third longest streak in the NBA in the past 30 years, trailing only runs by Kobe Bryant (16) and Tracy McGrady (14).


Rockets 117, Mavericks 115

Chandler Parsons scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets escaped a late charge by the Dallas Mavericks for a victory.

Despite playing without leading scorer James Harden (bruised left thumb), the Rockets persevered to spoil Dirk Nowitzki's 38-point, 17-rebound performance.

Dallas trailed by 12 with about four minutes to go, but trimmed the lead down and had a chance to win it as Jose Calderon's three-pointer misfired at the buzzer.


Suns 126, Bucks 117

Goran Dragic scored a game-high 30 points as the Phoenix Suns beat the struggling Milwaukee Bucks.

Gerald Green added 23 points for the Suns while the league-worst Bucks fell to 8-37.


Timberwolves 88, Pelicans 77

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love notched 30 points and 14 rebounds to guide the Wolves to victory over New Orleans.

Kevin Martin added 18 for Minnesota while the Pelicans played without leading scorer and rebounder Anthony Davis who was out with an injured finger.


Raptors 98, Magic 83

Kyle Lowry scored a season-best 33 points and added 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic.

Amir Johnson added 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Raptors while Orlando got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic.


76ers 95, Celtics 94

Evan Turner hit a shot at the buzzer as the Philadelphia rallied from an eight-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics.

Turner finished with 16 points and center Spencer Hawes had 20 for Philadelphia, while Jared Sullinger recorded 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Celtics.