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Kevin Durant and the Thunder are too hot for Heat to beat

Durant scores 36 points on 14-for-18 shooting as Oklahoma City rolls to a 98-80 win over Miami, which finishes 3-3 on its longest trip of the season.

January 17, 2010

at Oklahoma City 98, Miami 80: Kevin Durant scored 36 points on the most efficient shooting night of his career as the Thunder beat the road-weary Heat. Durant shot 77% (14 for 18) from the field, the highest mark of his three-year career. He made 13 of his first 14 shots, mostly jumpers, for the Thunder, which started fast and led by double digits throughout the second half. Michael Beasley tied a career high with 28 points and Dwyane Wade had 24 points and six assists, breaking Tim Hardaway's club record for career assists. The Heat was 3-3 on its longest trip of the season.

at Washington 96, Sacramento 86: The Wizards managed to end one of the most dismal, exhausting weeks in franchise history with a victory, giving Coach Flip Saunders his 600th win. Five players scored in double figures for the Wizards, who on Friday had their biggest star, Gilbert Arenas, plead guilty to a felony gun charge, then lost a double-overtime game at Chicago that night. Saunders, whose record is 600-422, needed five tries to reach his latest milestone after a four-game losing streak.

at Memphis 92, San Antonio 86: Zach Randolph had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Grizzlies earned their franchise-record eighth straight home win. The Spurs have lost two in a row.

New Orleans 101, at Indiana 96: David West scored 24 points and Chris Paul just missed a triple-double for the Hornets. Paul finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

at Utah 112, Milwaukee 95: Deron Williams had 18 points and six assists for the Jazz.

at Detroit 94, New York 90: Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points, and the Pistons won their third in a row following a 13-game losing streak.

Cleveland 102, at Clippers 101

-- associated press

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