UNDATED (AP) - Just six percentage points separate the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers as they battle for the NBA's best record.
Kevin Durant had 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the Thunder's 112-100 win over New York. Durant entered the game averaging a league-best 31 points before hitting 12 of his 22 shots, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range.
Reggie Jackson had 19 points and six assists and Serge Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds to help the Western Conference-leading Thunder move three games ahead of San Antonio and four games in front of Portland.
Orlando has followed Friday's win over Oklahoma City with a 93-92 win over the Pacers. Victor Oladipo scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to send the Magic to their third straight win overall and fifth in a row at home.
Paul George had a team-high 27 points for Indiana, which leads the East by 3 1/2 games over Miami.
The Los Angeles Clippers celebrated the return of Chris Paul by posting the most lopsided win in franchise history. The Clippers led 46-15 after one quarter and were up by as many as 56 before settling for a 123-78 laugher against Philadelphia.
Blake Griffin scored a game-high 26 points in less than 25 minutes, Jamal Crawford added 21 points and DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds. Paul played more than 22 minutes and finished with seven points, eight assists and four steals after missing the previous 18 games with a separated shoulder.
The 76ers trailed 89-33 in the third quarter and dropped their sixth straight.
Also in the NBA:
- Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Dallas picked up its season-high, fifth straight win by downing the Celtics 102-91 in Boston. Jose Calderon finished with 18 points and Vince Carter added 14 as the Mavericks moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.
- Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a season-high 27 points from backup Chris Kaman to beat the Lakers 92-86. Joakim Noah had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who blew most of a 19-point lead but never trailed.
- Washington is back at .500 after Nene scored 18 points and Bradley Beal chipped in 16 to lead the Wizards past Sacramento 93-84. Marcin Gortat added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Wizards halted a two-game skid.
- Rookie Mason Plumlee scored a season-high 22 points and matched his best with 13 rebounds as Brooklyn beat New Orleans 93-81. The Nets held New Orleans to 28 points in the first 24 minutes, its lowest total since also allowing 28 against the Lakers on Nov. 27, 2005.
- Cleveland has its first winning streak in more than a month after getting 28 points from Kyrie Irving in a 91-83 overtime triumph against Memphis. Irving scored the final four points in regulation to tie it.
UNDATED (AP) - Top-ranked Syracuse and No. 4 Wichita State remain the only unbeaten teams in Division I men's basketball. The Orange improved to 23-0 overall and 10-0 in their first season in the ACC by silencing Clemson 57-44. C.J. Fair scored 19 points in helping Syracuse extend its school record for consecutive wins to start a season and match the longest winning streak in team history. Jerami Grant added 12 points to the win.
Also in top-25 men's basketball:
- Second-ranked Arizona was a 76-54 winner against Oregon State as Aaron Gordon scored 17 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 16 points and five rebounds to help the Wildcats improve to 23-1.
- Traevon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper with 2.1 seconds left to give Wisconsin a 60-58 triumph over ninth-ranked Michigan State. Nigel Hayes led the Badgers with 14 points, while Sam Dekker added 11.
- No. 12 Creighton was a 70-65 loser to St. John's as D'Angelo Harrison had 19 points, five rebounds and two steals for the Red Storm. The Blue Jays dropped to 19-4 despite Doug McDermott's game-high 25 points.
- Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier each had 17 points and seven rebounds in leading No. 22 Connecticut to a 75-55 pounding of Central Florida. The Huskies also got 16 points from DeAndre Daniels.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Americans J.R. Celski and Eddy Alvarez are among competitors advancing to the semifinals of the 1,500-meter short track speed skating competition at the Sochi Olympics. Chris Creveling of the U.S. lost a photo finish for third in his heat and failed to advance.
Julia Mancuso showed yet again she's a big-game player, racing into the lead of the downhill portion of the Olympic super-combined on Monday and setting herself up for yet another medal.
The American skier sped down the 2.7-kilometer (1.69-mile) Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds, 0.47 faster than second-place Lara Gut of Switzerland.
The winner will be decided after a slalom run on an adjoining course.
Team U.S.A. has four medals so far, two gold and two bronze.
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