Durant's 51, late 3-pointer lift Thunder to win

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 22 2014 04:02 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2014 02:18 AM

TORONTO - NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant poured in 51 points, capped by a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining in double overtime, to lift Oklahoma City over Toronto 119-118 Friday.

Durant received an inbounds pass, dribbled twice and then drained the deciding basket through the hoop.

Toronto's DeMar DeRozan missed a desperation shot at the final buzzer and the Thunder won for the fifth time in six games.

Durant went 7-of-12 from 3-point range and also grabbed 12 rebounds while passing out seven assists for the Thunder.

At 51-18, the Thunder kept pace with Eastern Conference leader Indiana for the second-best record in the NBA behind San Antonio (52-16).

Toronto fell to 38-30, but still lead Brooklyn by 1.5 games atop the Atlantic division.

Reggie Jackson added 25 points and 12 rebounds while Spaniard Serge Ibaka netted 13 points for Oklahoma City.

But the Thunder suffered a major setback when star guard Russell Westbrook left the game in the third quarter with a right knee sprain.

Westbrook, who finished with 15 points, banged knees with Toronto guard Kyle Lowry and grimaced in pain before being helped to the locker room.

Westbrook has already missed two months earlier this season after undergoing right knee surgery.

DeRozan scored 33 points to lead the Raptors while Amir Johnson added 25 points and 12 rebounds and Lowry also scored 25 points for Toronto.

The Thunder trailed 118-110 with only 49 seconds to play in the second overtime, but Durant and Derek Fisher hit back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the deficit to 118-116 with 15 ticks to go.

Toronto's John Salmons was fouled with nine seconds to play but missed both free throws and the Thunder called timeout to set up Durant's game-winner.

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