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NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Cleveland



(Thursday, March 20th)

Final Score: Oklahoma City 102, Cleveland 95

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-95, on Thursday night.

Serge Ibaka supplied 16 points and 11 boards, while Reggie Jackson added 13 points and six assists for the Thunder, who have won four of their last five games.

"My shot was a little flat and I missed some easy ones," said Durant. "I just tried to play as hard as I can on defense and make winning basketball plays."

Star Thunder guard Russell Westbrook did not suit up to rest his surgically- repaired knee.

Dion Waiters netted 30 points to lead Cleveland, which has dropped three in a row and seven of its last nine.

Cleveland trailed by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter before Waiters capped a 16-2 run with a layup to bring the Cavs to within 97-92 with 1:12 to go.

Jackson missed a turnaround at the other end, but Ibaka came down with the offensive rebound and Durant sank two free throws to extend the margin back to 99-92 with 37.6 ticks on the clock. Waiters then missed a layup and Durant hit two more foul shots to seal the outcome.

Earlier, the Cavaliers led 25-21 after a quarter of play and got within 45-44 with 2:38 to go until the break after Waiters knocked down a turnaround jumper, but OKC closed the half on an 11-2 run.

Durant nailed a jumper right at the first-half buzzer to give the Thunder a 56-46 spread going into the locker room. Durant hit a triple to begin the third and a Steven Adams dunk gave OKC a 61-46 lead early in the second half, its largest to that point.

"He shoots right over the top of the defense," Cleveland head coach Mike Brown said about Durant.

The Thunder took an 85-68 advantage into the fourth.

Game Notes

OKC shot 42.7 percent (38-of-89) from the floor and outrebounded Cleveland, 53-36 ... The Cavaliers scored 24 points off 18 Thunder turnovers ... Spencer Hawes had 20 points for Cleveland.

03/21 00:53:55 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Half
NCSU 42
ND 30
 
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Half
NOP 61
DAL 56
 
3rd
ORL 49
IND 53
 
3rd
PHO 57
LAC 55
 
Half
ATL 61
MIN 47
 
1st
TOR 18
DET 9
 
1st
SAN 12
MIL 17
 
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
1st
TENST 29
BEL 23
 
Half
NCSU 42
ND 30
 
1st
VILL 15
CREI 4
 
7:30pm Tonight
MD
NW
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
3rd
TEAMFOLI 8
TEAMTOEWS 11
 
8:15pm Tonight
CARTER
IRVIN