SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — NBA standings, as well as the NBA scores, results and records from the games that were played on Wednesday night, Jan. 22.
Kevin Durant scored 36 points, his 9th straight game with at least 30 points, to go along with his seven rebounds and five assists, as the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-10) beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-105.
Pacey point guard Reggie Jackson added a career-high 27 points, to go along with his eight assists, while Serge Ibaka added 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the win at the AT&T Center.
Just like Durant, Jackson was crucial down the stretch in a very tough battle on the road and his coach Scott Brooks was full of praise him for afterwards.
“He has had great games against the Spurs,” said. “I can’t put my finger on it. We want him to play aggressive basketball on both ends of the floor.
“I thought he did a good job of finding spots on the floor that he can finish around the rim.”
Tony Parker scored a season-high 37 points in the loss, with Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 14 points each, with Duncan grabbing 13 rebounds, as well, as San Antonio (32-10) fell 3-0 in the series with Oklahoma City this season
Marco Belinelli had 13 points and Manu Ginobili added 10 points.
Oklahoma City now takes over the lead in the NBA standings in the Western Conference, with San Antonio and Portland (31-11) both trailing.
Eastern Conference leaders Indiana Pacers (33-8) had its five game winning streak snapped by the Phoenix Suns (24-17), who ran away 124-100 victors at the US Airways Center.
Gerald Green paced Phoenix with 23 points, while Goran Dragic scored 21 and Markieff Morris 20 in the win, as the Suns bridged the Pacers’ strong defense to score 62 points in each half.
“Heck of an offensive performance by the Phoenix Suns,” said Indiana coach Frank Vogel. “Their shot-making was off the charts.”
Added Dragic: “We should play like that every game. We should play like that against everybody, even if they are last in the standings.”
Paul George led Indiana with 26, George Hill 16 and David West 13 in the defeat.
The Pacers continue to hold the best record in the NBA standings this season.
In other NBA scores on Wednesday night, the New York Knicks (15-17) fell to a fifth successive defeat, as Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 110-106 win.
Carmelo Anthony overcame a slow start to finished with 28 points for the Knicks.
“I really don’t know what it is, why we can’t play well on our own home court,” Anthony said.
“This should be the time where we gain some momentum, gain some confidence as a team playing here on our own home court, but that don’t seem like it’s the case right now.”
NBA Scores, Results and Records – on Jan. 22
Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (33-10), San Antonio Spurs 105 (32-10)
Phoenix Suns 124 (24-17) – Indiana Pacers 100 (33-8)
Charlotte Bobcats 95 (19-25), Los Angeles Clippers 91 (29-15)
Chicago Bulls 98 (21-20), Cleveland Cavaliers 87 (15-27)
Atlanta Hawks 112 (22-19), Orlando Magic 109 (11-32)
Toronto Raptors 93 (21-20), Dallas Mavericks 85 (25-19)
Boston Celtics 113 (15-29), Washington Wizards 111 (20-21) OT
Philadelphia 76ers 110 (14-28), New York Knicks 106 (15-27)
Houston Rockets 119 (29-15), Sacramento Kings 98 (15-26)
Milwaukee Bucks 104 (8-33), Detroit Pistons 101 (17-25)