Durant scores 41 as Thunder defeat Knicks 112-100 - NBC Sports

Durant scores 41 as Thunder defeat Knicks 112-100
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 9 : Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the New York Knicks on February 9, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
February 9, 2014, 3:56 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 41 points, with 10 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New York Knicks 112-100 on Sunday.

Reggie Jackson had 19 points and six assists and Serge Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were coming off a 103-102 loss to struggling Orlando on Friday.

Durant, the league's leading scorer, got the best of his duel with New York's Carmelo Anthony, the league's No. 2 scorer. Anthony finished with 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for the Knicks, who now have lost four of five.

Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who have lost four of five.

The Thunder made 12 3-pointers and shot 55 percent overall.

Oklahoma City led 58-53 at halftime as Durant outscored Anthony 19-7.

The Thunder asserted themselves in the third quarter. Jackson drained a 3-pointer to put the Thunder up 76-64 midway through the period. Durant's 3-pointer gave the Thunder an 81-69 edge, and the Knicks called a timeout.

New York cut Oklahoma City's lead to 86-80 early in the fourth quarter on a dunk by Jeremy Tyler, but Oklahoma City pulled away. A 3-pointer by Durant pushed Oklahoma City's lead to 95-86.

Oklahoma City led 97-88 with 5:34 remaining when Ibaka was issued a technical foul. Anthony made the free throw, but the Knicks didn't get anything out of the possession. The Thunder took control from there as a long jumper by Ibaka put Oklahoma City ahead 105-90.

Durant scored his 40th point on a free throw with 1:41 remaining.

NOTES: Knicks guard Metta World Peace, who as Ron Artest attacked a fan in the stands in 2004, said Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart can learn from his incident with a fan on Saturday night. Smart shoved Texas Tech superfan Jeff Orr late in the game. "I think that emotion and that fire could be directed towards winning on the court instead of directed other ways," World Peace, the former Pacers star said. ... The Thunder shot 60 percent in the first half. ... Anthony played the late minutes of the game with five fouls.

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