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Durant erupts for 48

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant scored 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winner with 4 seconds to play to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder from 13 points down in a 115-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Durant went 7 for 11 from the field and hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter to help the Thunder rebound from two straight losses at home.

Kevin Love played the entire second half and finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Wolves. But he missed four free throws in the final 27 seconds to let this one slip away. The last three came when he was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go and the Wolves down two.

Derek Fisher scored 13 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for Oklahoma City, which was outscored 66-46 in the paint.

Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic had 31 points and 11 rebounds.

Spurs 116, Clippers

At San Antonio, Tiago Splitter had 22 points before leaving with a right shoulder injury, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Los Angeles in the Clippers' first game without injured All-Star Chris Paul.

Tony Parker had 17 points for San Antonio (26-8). Splitter left with 9:37 remaining after charging into Ryan Hollins' chest.

Jamal Crawford scored 24 points for Los Angeles, and Blake Griffin had 19. Darren Collison added 14 points and six assists while starting in place of Paul, who separated his right shoulder Friday night against Dallas.

Heat 110, Magic 94

At Orlando, Fla., Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points, helping Miami rally for the win.

Rashard Lewis added 18 points and LeBron James finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

The Heat's win was their eighth straight over the Magic. It was also Miami's 22nd consecutive divisional victory, leaving it just one win short of tying Boston's NBA record of 23 set in 1961.

Pacers 99, Pelicans 82

At Indianapolis, Paul George had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures, and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for the win.

Lance Stephenson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Danny Granger came off the bench to score 13 and George Hill added 10 for Indiana.

Eric Gordon finished with 21 points for the Pelicans after scoring 17 in the first half. Alexis Ajinca scored 17 points, reserve Tyreke Evans added 12 and Anthony Davis 10 for New Orleans.

Nets 89, Cavaliers 82

At New York, Deron Williams scored 21 points for Brooklyn, and Paul Pierce added 17 while moving past Allen Iverson into 19th place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Andray Blatche had 12 points in his return from a four-game absence as the Nets won their second straight for just their second winning streak of the season. They limited a Cleveland team playing without star guard Kyrie Irving to 37 percent shooting and matched their best defensive performance of the season.

Reggie Evans had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Nets while starting in place of Kevin Garnett, who was given a night to rest with the Nets beginning a stretch of five games in eight days.

Bulls 91, Hawks 84

At Chicago, Mike Dunleavy scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, leading Chicago to its fifth win in seven games.

Luol Deng added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, hitting two free throws with 8.8 seconds left to seal the win.

Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece for the Hawks.

Suns 116, Bucks 100

At Phoenix, Gerald Green had 24 points and a career-high five steals starting in place of the injured Eric Bledsoe, pushing Phoenix to the win.

Channing Frye added 22 points, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, Goran Dragic scored 13 of his 15 in the second half and Markieff Morris added 14 for the Suns, who have won 11 of 14 but were coming off a home loss to Memphis on Thursday.

Brandon Knight had 25 points for the Bucks and O.J. Mayo scored 18 of his 20 in the second half.

Bobcats 113, Kings 103

At Sacramento, Calif., Kemba Walker scored 30 points, Al Jefferson had a season-high 27 and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 113-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

The Bobcats had lost their previous two games by a combined 57 points, but took the lead with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter.

It was Charlotte's only win on its five-game road trip.