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Durant scores 34, leads Thunder past Wizards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 34 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 109-102 on Friday night.

Durant was 12 for 18 from the field in just 32 minutes, including a 4-for-7 performance from 3-point range. He scored 44 points in an overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 22 points and six assists for the Thunder (17-17), who reached .500 for the first time this season. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field to win for the fourth time in five games.

Bradley Beal had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Washington, which has lost two in a row. Andre Miller added a season-high 15 points, and John Wall had 14 points and 12 assists, but he made just 5 of 13 shots.

Beal made a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining to trim Oklahoma City’s lead to 105-102. Washington had a chance to inch closer or tie, but Westbrook intercepted a pass by Wall that was intended for Beal. He missed the layup on the fast break, but Serge Ibaka was there to clean it up for a layup with 22.9 seconds to play.

Wall missed a 3-pointer on Washington’s next possession, and Westbrook made a pair of free throws on the other end.

The Wizards led 57-55 at halftime behind 13 points for Beal and Miller. Wall scored just two points in the first half and took just two shots. Westbrook led the Thunder with 14 points, but he made just 5 of 15 shots while his teammates were 18 of 27 from the field.

Westbrook committed his fourth foul early in the third quarter, and the Wizards started the second half with an 8-4 stretch to take a 65-59 lead. The Wizards led 82-74 with 1:26 left in the third, but Durant made two 3-pointers in the final minute of the period, including one with 1.2 seconds left, to tie it at 82 heading into the fourth.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Paul Pierce and Nene had 12 points apiece. … Washington shot 46 percent (39 for 84) from the field.

Thunder: Westbrook was issued his ninth technical of the season in the first quarter after disagreeing with a call. Westbrook missed a dunk, and then fouled Beal after Washington got the rebound. Westbrook entered the night leading the NBA in technicals, despite missing 14 games with a broken bone in his right hand. … C Steven Adams left in the first quarter after hurting his left leg. Nene kicked him in that leg after the two got tangled up under the basket, and Nene was issued a technical. Adams returned in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Visit San Antonio on Saturday.

Thunder: Visit Golden State on Monday.

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