Thunder stay unbeaten

Oklahoma City 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 100

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.


Russell Westbrook added 28 points, six assists and six rebounds, and James Harden scored 16 points for the Thunder, who have started off a season loaded with expectations at 2-0.

Kevin Love had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Ricky Rubio had an impressive debut with six assists, six points and five rebounds in 26 minutes for the Timberwolves.


In Charlotte, N.C., D.J. Augustin scored 19 points, rookie Kemba Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining, and Charlotte erased a 14-point deficit to beat Milwaukee.

Gerald Henderson added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.

Brandon Jennings had 22 points for the Bucks, while Andrew Bogut had 17 points and nine rebounds.


In Orlando, Fla., Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points to lead five Orlando players in double figures as the Magic earned their first victory of the season.

Orlando got 13 points from Turkoglu and eight points from J.J. Redick in the fourth quarter to help the Magic stave off a handful of second-half charges by the Rockets.

Dwight Howard finished with 21 points and Redick 20.

Earlier in the day, Houston announced it had signed signed 6-foot-11 free-agent center Samuel Dalembert to a multi-year contract last week.

He had 10 points and five rebounds in Monday night’s loss.


In Washington, Kris Humphries , who had a much-hyped– and short-lived marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds as New Jersey erased a 21-point deficit to beat Washington.

In a duel of two top point guards, New Jersey’s Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, getting the better of Washington’s John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.


In Cleveland, rookie Kyrie Irving scored six points and hardly played like the No. 1 overall pick as Toronto spoiled the Cleveland guard’s NBA debut with a season-opening win over the Cavaliers.

Irving, who played just 11 games at Duke before turning pro, finished just 2 of 11 from the field – he made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final minutes – with seven assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.


In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 14 rebounds to help Indiana defeat Detroit in the season opener.

David West, Indiana’s big free agent addition, had 11 points and 12 rebounds, even though he made just 3 of 12 field goals.

RATINGS ARE UP: NBA fans seem more excited about basketball’s return than bitter about the lockout based on television ratings for the league’s delayed openers.

The five Christmas games Sunday averaged 6.2 million viewers based on fast national ratings, up from 6 million last year.

The Bulls-Lakers matchup was the third most-watched regular-season game ever on ABC, behind only last year’s highly anticipated Heat-Lakers showdown and another meeting between Miami and LA in 2004.

Chris Paul’s Clippers debut in the nightcap against the Warriors earned a 2.2 rating, up 69 percent over last year’s Portland-Golden State telecast in the same slot.

It was ESPN’s highest-rated Christmas prime-time game.

The day’s first contest, Celtics-Knicks on TNT, was the most viewed Christmas game ever on cable.

The 4.0 rating was up 48 percent from last year’s Bulls-Knicks game on ESPN.The first night game on ESPN – Magic-Thunder – drew a 1.8, up 29 percent from last year’s Denver-Oklahoma City matchup.