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Durant powers Thunder over Rockets

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By AFP

Posted  Tuesday, December 31  2013 at  02:00

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NBA: Westbrook is not expected to return until after the NBA All-Star Game in February after right knee surgery.

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OKLAHOMA CITY

NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant netted 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to spark Oklahoma City past Houston 117-86 on Sunday, giving the Thunder a league-best record of 25-5.

Reggie Jackson, playing in place of the injured Thunder star guard Russell Westbrook, scored 16 points and passed out a game-high eight assists and Thabo Sefolosha added 13 points for Oklahoma City.

The Rockets, who fell to 21-12, were led by 17 points from reserve guard Aaron Brooks and 15 each from Chandler Parsons and reserve Omri Casspi.

Dwight Howard managed only nine points and nine rebounds as Houston fell behind 16-14 after the first quarter and were blitzed in the second half. Durant produced his seventh 30-point and 10-rebound effort of the season as the Thunder won at home for the 14th time in 15 tries in their first game of the season against Houston.

Westbrook is not expected to return until after the NBA All-Star Game in February after right knee surgery.

The Golden State Warriors extended their NBA winning streak to five games on Sunday with a 108-104 overtime victory against Cleveland - and condemned the Cavaliers to a fifth straight loss while Spurs beat Kings 112-104.

SUNDAY’s NBA RESULTS

Cavaliers 104-108 Warriors
Magic 109-102 Hawks
Thunder 117-86 Rockets
Spurs 112-104 Kings
Lakers 104-76 76ers