Thunder handle difficult stretch

Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha (right) knocks over San Antonio's Gary Neal. The Thunder are the first team to win three games in three consecutive nights.



OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant had 21 points and 10 rebounds, reserve James Harden scored 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder became the first NBA team to win three games on consecutive nights this season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-96 on Sunday.

Durant needed only three more assists to record his first career triple-double but instead sat out the entire fourth quarter with the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters. The Thunder were able to coast to the finish for the second time in their back-to-back-to-back set after outscoring the Spurs 37-21 in the third.

Gary Neal scored 18 to lead the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker after he came out of the game and walked to locker room midway through the third quarter.

He returned to the bench a few minutes later, and a team spokesman said Parker was fine and could have played.

Parker left near the beginning of a 25-8 run that put the game away for Oklahoma City.

• Backup point guard Eric Maynor will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

General manager Sam Presti says Maynor will need surgery on his knee but he is confident Maynor “will do everything necessary to come back from this injury and be prepared for the 2012-13 season.”



In Sacramento, Calif., Jason Richardson scored a season-high 22 points, Glen Davis added a season-best 20 and Orlando beat Sacramento despite playing much of the game without foul-plagued Dwight Howard.

The All-Star center had five points and four rebounds in 20 minutes and spent most of the first three quarters in foul trouble. He didn’t get his first rebound until 4 minutes into the fourth and was scoreless before converting a three-point play with 6:35 remaining, putting the Magic ahead 87-85.

Tyreke Evans had a season-high 28 points and eight assists for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins, also hampered by fouls, had 16 points and 10 rebounds. J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton scored 13 points.



In Washington, Kevin Love had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Ricky Rubio had 13 points and a career-high 14 assists, and Minnesota broke a two-game losing streak over winless Washington.

Rubio also grabbed six rebounds and controlled the game during much of his 30 minutes off the bench. He entered with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter and quickly hit a 22-foot jump shot to start a 17-2 run that gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Six players scored in double figures for the Timberwolves.


SUNS 109, BUCKS 93

In Phoenix, Steve Nash had 17 assists and 10 points in 27 minutes as Phoenix routed weary Milwaukee.

The Suns beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 24th consecutive time, the NBA’s second-longest active streak behind San Antonio’s 27 wins in a row at home over Golden State.

Phoenix shot 58 percent, led by Marcin Gortat, who scored 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting. Channing Frye went 6 of 7 and made all four 3-point tries to finish with 16 points. Seven players, including all five starters, reached double figures for the Suns.

Tobias Harris scored 15 for the Bucks at the end of an 0-5 road trip.


BUCKS: Center Andrew Bogut will return as soon as he sorts out some family issues, his Australian-based manager said Sunday.

Bruce Kaider told The AP he hopes that will be soon. He said Bogut is completely fit, but is in his hometown of Melbourne and dealing “with those things we all have to go through in life, certain personal issues that he is experiencing at the moment.” Kaider did not elaborate.

David Bauman, the Australian Olympian’s U.S.-based agent, added Bogut’s health was not an issue.



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