Kevin Durant scored 35 points and the host Oklahoma City Thunder extended its winning streak to nine games with a 92-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched its 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.

Brian Roberts scored 16 points to lead New Orleans, which lost its fifth straight.

Greivis Vasquez missed a 3-point attempt in the closing seconds that would have given the Hornets the lead. Thabo Sefolosha corralled the rebound and made the clinching free throws for the Thunder.

Clippers 100, Bobcats 94: Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as Los Angeles defeated host Charlotte for its eighth straight win. It's the Clippers' longest streak in 21 seasons.

"It just means we're playing all right now," Paul said. "But we're not satisfied. We have to keep playing the right way and keep this thing going."

Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points each for the Clippers, who struggled to put the Bobcats away one night after a tough win in Chicago.

"It was kind of one of those grind-it-out games," Griffin said. "But those are the type of games you have to win if you're going to be a great team."


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Byron Mullens had 19 points for the Bobcats, who have lost nine straight since starting the season 7-5.

Jazz 99, Spurs 96: Mo Williams' 3-pointer at the buzzer gave host Utah a victory over San Antonio. snapping the Spurs' five-game winning streak.

Paul Millsap led Utah with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 22 points to lead San Antonio, which had won 11 of the past 12 meetings.

Celtics 117, Mavericks 115: Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the host Celtics held on to beat Dallas.

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 16 points for Boston. O.J. Mayo scored 24 points for Dallas.

Suns 82, Grizzlies 80: Goran Dragic made a short hook shot from the left baseline with 0.5 seconds remaining, and host Phoenix beat Memphis to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Shannon Brown and Jared Dudley scored 15 points each for the Suns, who won for the first time since Nov. 27 at Cleveland.

Rudy Gay had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Pacers 96, Cavaliers 81: Paul George scored 27 points and host Indiana overcame a 16-point deficit, limiting Cleveland to 23 points in the second half.

It was the fewest points Indiana has allowed in a half since joining the NBA in 1976.

Bucks 98, Kings 85: Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, Monta Ellis had 17 points and 11 assists, and host Milwaukee beat Sacramento.

"It was an ugly game," Jennings said. "It seemed like the Sacramento Kings were going to turn it up at one point, but they never did."

Tyreke Evans had 17 points in his return to the Kings' lineup after missing three straight games -- and five of six -- with a sore left knee.

Sacramento was without center DeMarcus Cousins, suspended one game by the NBA earlier in the day for striking Dallas' O.J. Mayo in the groin area in the Kings' loss Monday.

Rockets 99, Wizards 93: James Harden scored 31 points to lift host Houston over Washington.

It was Houston's first victory since coach Kevin McHale rejoined the team Saturday after taking a leave of absence for almost a month following the death of his 23-year-old daughter.

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