Dragic, Tucker lead Suns past Thunder
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (right) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in the first quarter at US Airways Center. Photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Suns 122, Thunder 115
Goran Dragic scored 26 points and P.J. Tucker had 11 of his career-high 21 in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix Suns outscored Oklahoma City, 11-3, over the final 2:20 and scored a huge win over the Thunder.
Phoenix's win overshadowed the performance of Kevin Durant who scored 38 points and set a modern-day NBA record with his 41st consecutive game scoring 25 points or more, one more than Michael Jordan had during the 1991-92 season.
Russell Westbrook added 33 for the Thunder (55-21), who fell 4 1/2 games behind West-leading San Antonio.
Gerald Green added 24 points and was 5-for-7 from 3-point range for the Suns (46-31), who moved past the Memphis Grizzlies and into sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Rockets 130, Nuggets 125 (Overtime)
James Harden nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in regulation, and the Houston Rockets erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit, then beat the Denver Nuggets in overtime.
Harden, who led the Rockets on a 19-5 rally over the final 4:24 of regulation, finished with 32 points and 10 assists. He assisted on two 3-pointers by forward Chandler Parsons in overtime that gave the Rockets (51-25) an insurmountable eight-point lead.
Guard Evan Fornier had 26 off the bench for Denver (33-44).
Warriors 130, Jazz 102
Stephen Curry exploded for 16 points in the first quarter, and the Golden State Warriors built an early 15-point lead en route to a comfortable victory over the Utah Jazz.
The win allowed the Warriors (48-29) to record a 4-0 season-series sweep over the Jazz for the first time in franchise history.
Curry finished with 31 points in 29 minutes, backcourt mate Klay Thompson added 33 points and the Warriors remained 1 1/2 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers in the race for the No. 5 playoff position in the Western Conference.