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Durant leads Sonics over Knicks

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Associated Press / December 13, 2007

Just 23 games into their pro careers, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green know what it's like to be winners at Madison Square Garden.

The team that plays there regularly is starting to forget.

Durant scored 30 points, Green added 17, and the Seattle SuperSonics beat the slumping New York Knicks, 117-110, last night.

Both rookies had played here before. Green was the Big East tournament MVP after leading Georgetown to last season's championship, while Durant split a pair of games here in his one season at Texas.

"Just being here is special," Green said. "Last time I was here, I won the Big East championship. Just coming back and playing here again is just a blessing. So I made the best of it and I had a good game."

Former Knicks forward Kurt Thomas scored 5 clutch points in the final 2:31 as Seattle handed New York its fourth straight loss. Luke Ridnour and Wally Szczerbiak each scored 12 points to help the Sonics snap a five-game road skid.

"I was nervous coming here and playing in the Garden, but it was fun," Durant said. "I think we played very well. It's the Garden. Everyone says it's the best arena in the world. Right before we went out, my heart was beating real fast."

Jamal Crawford scored 29 points and Zach Randolph added 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who usually start slowly at home. This time their troubles came late: Seattle made 13 of 18 shots in the fourth quarter.

Bucks 100, Magic 86 - Michael Redd had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists to help host Milwaukee snap a four-game losing streak with a victory over Orlando.

Yi Jianlian scored 18 points, Mo Williams had 15, and Andrew Bogut had 11 before fouling out in the fourth quarter for the Bucks, who were coming off a five-game road trip that ended with four straight losses.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 19th double-double, Rashard Lewis had 20 points, and Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who came in with the NBA's best road record at 11-2. The loss also gave them their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Rockets 80, Pistons 77 - Tracy McGrady scored 29 points and Yao Ming added 21 points and 13 rebounds as host Houston nearly entered the NBA record book for foul-shot futility before beating Detroit.

The Rockets missed 14 of their first 15 free throws before finishing 6 for 22 (27 percent) to win for the third time in seven games. Houston came into the game shooting 74 percent from the line. Toronto is the only team in history to not make a free throw in a regular-season game, missing all three attempts against Charlotte in 1996.

Rasheed Wallace scored 21 points for Detroit, which shot just 36 percent from the field.

Nuggets 105, Hornets 99 - Carmelo Anthony had 32 points, including a 3-point play with 38.4 seconds left, to lift host Denver over New Orleans.

Allen Iverson had 22 points and 11 assists and Marcus Camby had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks for the Nuggets, who won their third straight and fifth of six.

Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists and David West scored 25 for New Orleans.

Raptors 92, Mavericks 76 - Kris Humphries had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Bosh scored 17 points, and host Toronto got its first win over Dallas in more than four years.

Toronto won its third straight and ended an eight-game slump against the Mavericks, whose 76 points were a season low. The Raptors' last win over the Mavericks was a 77-71 decision Nov. 6, 2003.

Jason Terry had 21 points for Dallas, while Josh Howard added 19.

Pacers 117, Bulls 102 - Kareem Rush scored 22 points to lead Indiana over visiting Chicago.

Jamaal Tinsley added 18 points and eight assists for Indiana in his first home game since he was shot at, but unhurt, early Sunday morning in downtown Indianapolis. He was booed by the fans in pregame introductions for being in his third late-night incident in about 14 months, but they cheered him for most of the game.

Ben Gordon led Chicago with 18 points, but he shot just 7 for 21.

Bobcats 108, Clippers 103 - Raymond Felton scored 26 points and keyed a fourth-quarter surge that rallied host Charlotte.

Emeka Okafor added 25 points and 16 rebounds and Gerald Wallace scored 25 points for the Bobcats.

76ers 98, Timberwolves 94 - Samuel Dalembert had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and tied a career high with 9 blocked shots, and Andre Iguodala scored 25 points to help Philadelphia win its season-best fourth in a row with a victory over visiting Minnesota.

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