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Thunder down Knicks 95-94 in NBA
07:55 AEST Sat Mar 9 2013

Kevin Durant dropped in 34 points, including the go-ahead free throws with one minute 38 seconds left as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder escaped the short-handed New York Knicks 95-94 in Thursday night NBA action.

Knicks top scorer Carmelo Anthony sat out his second straight game with a sore right knee but JR Smith stepped up, firing in a season-high 36 points off the bench, including six threes.

After Durant's two free throws put the Thunder ahead 95-94, Smith missed a three-pointer at 32 seconds.

The Knicks were able to get the ball back with 7.9 seconds remaining when Durant misfired a jumper, but Smith's potential game-winning turnaround jumper bounced off the rim as time expired.

Kevin Martin netted 16 points and Serge Ibaka added 12 for the Northwest Division-leading Thunder, winners for the sixth time in seven games.

Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton tossed in 16 points apiece for the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, who dropped to 1-1 since losing Anthony, listed as day-to-day.

Elsewhere, Ty Lawson had 21 points with 11 assists and the Denver Nuggets rocked the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 for their seventh straight win overall and 12th in a row at home.

Italian Danilo Gallinari scored 20, while Andre Iguodala added 14 for the Nuggets, who improved to 27-3 at home, matching Miami for the league's best mark.

Matt Barnes scored 19, Blake Griffin added 17 and Chris Paul finished with 16 and 10 assists for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers, who had won 10 of their past 13 games.


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