Thunder pulls out win in New York

Posted: March 08, 2013

KEVIN DURANT had 34 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 1:38 left, and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder pulled out a 95-94 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Russell Westbrook struggled over the final three quarters but finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Thunder's first trip to New York since Dec. 22, 2010. Durant also had eight boards and six assists.

Oklahoma City posted its third straight win, fighting off a spirited effort by a Knicks team missing All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

J.R. Smith scored a season-high 36 points for the Knicks, but missed a turnaround jumper that would have won it as time ran out.

Anthony missed his second straight game with what the Knicks said is a stiff and sore right knee. Coach Mike Woodson says Anthony is day to day and doesn't believe the injury is serious.

Anthony was hurt Monday in Cleveland, falling to the court with no contact as he tried to catch a pass. He said the knee had been bothering him and he'd recently had an exam that showed no damage.

Noteworthy * 

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says he would consider shutting down All-Star guard Kyrie Irving again if his right knee is still sore. After scoring 20 points and leading the Cavs to a comeback win over Utah on Wednesday night, Irving said his knee still hurt and the only way it would get better is if he sat out the rest of the season.

* Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat probably is out for the rest of the season after spraining his foot during Wednesday night's loss to Toronto. The Suns say an MRI revealed a midfoot sprain to his right foot. Gortat will be sidelined 3 to 4 weeks.

* The Bobcats said guard Ramon Sessions will miss 2 to 4 weeks with a second-degree MCL sprain in his left knee. The team said Sessions' meniscus and ligaments are intact and he won't need surgery.

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