Durant's streak ends as OKC Thunder beat Nets

Last updated 16:53 01/02/2014

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New Zealand's Steven Adams contributed four points, a rebound, an assist, a block and a steal late in a blowout 120-95 NBA victory by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Brooklyn Nets today. 

The win was the Thunder's 10th straight and sixth in a row on the road.

Kevin Durant's 30-plus scoring streak ended but he still played a key role as a sharp-shooting Thunder boosted their NBA lead.

Durant had passed 30 points in 12 straight games, but was rested for the entire fourth quarter and settled for 26 as the Thunder moved four games clear of San Antonio in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere, Atlanta had seven players in double figures to cruise past Philadelphia, Memphis continued its strong form by beating Minnesota, and Toronto won at Denver for the first time in 11 years.

Durant, the NBA's leading scorer finished 10 of 12 from the field, though his scoring average during his sensational January dropped from 36.6 to 35.9.

Serge Ibaka made all 12 shots and added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, which shot 63.6 percent, highest in the NBA this season, and out-rebounded Brooklyn 41-17.

Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for the Nets while drawing the unenviable assignment of defending Durant.

Atlanta's Mike Scott and Elton Brand scored 18 points apiece as the Hawks routed Philadelphia 125-99.

Thaddeus Young scored 29 points for the Sixers, who have dropped 11 of their past 13 home games, including five straight for the first time in four years.

Memphis' Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to a tight 94-90 win over Minnesota.

Courtney Lee added 16 points for the Grizzlies, who have won 10 of their past 11, including six straight on the road, to wok their way back into strong playoff contention.

Kevin Love shook off the pain from a sore left ankle to lead Minnesota with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Toronto won 100-90 to notch its first win at Denver since 2003, having lost on their previous nine visits.

DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and Terrence Ross had 18 for the Raptors, who moved four games clear of Brooklyn atop the Atlantic Division.

The Nuggets announced during the game that guard Nate Robinson had season-ending surgery earlier Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

JJ Hickson and Evan Fournier led Denver with 18 points apiece.

Golden State's Stephen Curry made eight three-pointers in scoring a season-high 44 points, leading the Warriors past Utah 95-90.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points to guide the Mavericks to a 107-103 win over Sacramento, who lost a sixth straight.

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Charlotte's Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 18 rebounds to give the Bobcats a 110-100 win over Los Angeles and condemn the floundering Lakers to a sixth-straight defeat.

Orlando ran past Milwaukee 113-102 in a clash of the league's two worst teams, with Arron Afflalo scoring 21 points.

- Fairfax Media

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