Durant rallies Thunder past Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kevin Durant scored 38 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and Russell Westbrook added 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 14-point deficit to hold on to beat the Orlando Magic 105-102 on Thursday night.


The Magic had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Jason Richardson’s long 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.

The Thunder’s win was their seventh in a row, matching a streak from earlier in the season.

Dwight Howard scored 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead all five Magic starters in double figures, but they struggled to shoot from the field down the stretch.

HAWKS: Center Erick Dampier, who has been with Atlanta on a pair of 10-day contracts, has signed with the team for the remainder of the season.

The Hawks initially signed the 15-year veteran Feb. 9 when the team was short-handed at center following injuries to Al Horford and Jason Collins.

Horford, an All-Star last season, tore his left pectoral muscle in January and might miss the remainder of the regular season. He said Wednesday he has been cleared to begin rehabilitation. Collins sprained his left elbow Feb. 2 and could miss another two weeks.

NETS: Mikhail Prokhorov wanted the team to become more of a global organization and now has taken its first steps in that direction.

The Nets announced Thursday that they have donated money to PeacePlayers Inter­national, a non-profit group, that uses basketball in five overseas areas to bring children together and teach them tactics for improving their communities.

The Nets said their commitment is for a year, but that might be extended. No current players have committed to take part in the program at this point, spokesman Barry Baum said.



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