x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

NBA: Dominant Thunder roll over Pacers for eighth straight victory

Kevin Durant and reserve Kevin Martin inspired Oklahoma City to their eighth win in a row despite trailing until deep into the game.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet reaches for a loose ball ahead of Indiana's David West.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet reaches for a loose ball ahead of Indiana's David West.

The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to their eighth straight win as their high-powered offence delivered a 104-93 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Oklahoma City (17-4), who came into the game averaging more than 106 points, trailed the Pacers by four midway through the third quarter before seizing the momentum with a 17-3 run.

Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, while reserve Kevin Martin added 24.

David West had 21 points for the Pacers (10-11), who saw all of their starters reach double figures scoring.

With last season's leading scorer Danny Granger sidelined with a knee injury, Indiana averaged less than 91 points per game coming into Sunday's contest, which is last in the NBA.

The Los Angeles Clippers kept on rolling too, winning their sixth straight as they saw off the Toronto Raptors 102-83.

Blake Griffin led a balanced offence with 19 points, while Jamal Crawford had 16 off the bench as the Clippers' reserves led a dominant 25-10 fourth quarter.

Carmelo Anthony announced his return to the New York Knicks team with 34 points as they beat the Denver Nuggets 112-106.

Anthony led all scorers on his comeback following two games out with a hand injury and the Knicks maintained their perfect home record.

Paul Millsap's 24 points helped the Utah Jazz to their third straight win, 117-110 over the Los Angeles Lakers, despite 34 points from Kobe Bryant.

Brandon Jennings scored 26 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 97-88 win over the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic beat the Phoenix Suns 98-90.


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