OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 35 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their winning streak to nine games with a 92-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets 92-88 on Wednesday night.
The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched their longest streak since the franchise moved from Seattle.
At 18-4, the Thunder matched the second-best start in franchise history. Seattle started 20-2 in the 1993-94 season and the Thunder started 18-4 last season.
It was the Thunder's third win over the Hornets in the past four weeks and seventh straight in the series.
Brian Roberts scored 16 points to lead New Orleans, which lost its fifth straight game.
Greivis Vasquez missed a 3-point attempt in the closing seconds that would have given New Orleans the lead. Thabo Sefolosha corralled the rebound and made the clinching free throws for the Thunder.
It's never too late for a beautiful strike.
In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages.
Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.
Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:
Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday.
Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58.
In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."
Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement:
"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily
Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star:
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