Oklahoma City claim eighth straight win

Last updated 18:50 10/12/2012
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BIG HAUL: Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Thunder beat the Rockets.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder claimed their eighth straight win as Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Kevin Martin added 24 in a 104-93 win over the Indiana Pacers.

A meeting of the NBA's highest-scoring offense and the league's tightest defence went the Thunder's way as they eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.

David West had 21 points for Indiana, which had all five starters score in double figures. New York's Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team as the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 112-106 to remain the NBA's  only team unbeaten at home.

Back in the starting line-up after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.

Jason Kidd scored 17 points for the Knicks, while Ty Lawson had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Mo Williams added 22 at Los Angeles as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-110 for their third straight win.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, making 12 of 14 free throws, as they fell to 4-7 in their last 11 games. Orlando rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic downed Phoenix 98-90 for the Suns' seventh straight loss.

Nicholson made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his young career, while J.J. Redick scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half for the Magic.

Shannon Brown scored 17 and Jared Dudley 15 for the Suns. Brandon Jennings scored 26 points and Monta Ellis had 24 points as the Milwaukee Bucks withstood Brooklyn's fourth-quarter rally in a 97-88 victory over the Nets.

The Bucks led by 29 points with 6:59 left in the third quarter but the Nets got within six after Deron Williams found Kris Humphries open for an uncontested dunk.

Williams had 18 points and eight assists and Wallace added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets. Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the Clippers' reserves with 16 points as Los Angeles won their sixth in a row 102-83 and handed the Toronto Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.

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