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Houston center Dwight Howard watches the final seconds of a loss to the Thunder on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
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Durant shines for Thunder

– There will be times the Oklahoma City Thunder will miss Russell Westbrook as he rehabs from another knee surgery, but Sunday certainly wasn’t one of those nights.

Kevin Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists and the Thunder won its second straight game without Westbrook, beating the Houston Rockets 117-86.

Reggie Jackson, starting in Westbrook’s place, had 16 points and eight assists as the Thunder never trailed and led by as many as 32 points against a team they beat in six games in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

Durant said the experience of playing without Westbrook for the final four games of that series and the rest of the playoffs prepared the Thunder for what they must face now.

“It’s still tough not having him here, but we know what we have to do now,” Durant said. “We learned from our mistakes last time. Hopefully we just keep getting better and when he comes back it’s kind of a seamless transition for us.”

SPURS 112, KINGS 104: In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs past Sacramento. Boris Diaw had 14 points and Tiago Splitter added 11 for San Antonio (24-7).

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas added 27 points and Rudy Gay had 24 for Sacramento (9-20).

MAGIC 109, HAWKS 102: In Orlando, Fla., Arron Afflalo scored 21 points and the Magic beat Atlanta to give them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season.

Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Hawks in their second game without All-Star Al Horford, who is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle.

WARRIORS 108, CAVALIERS 104, OT: In Cleveland, Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as Golden State opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory. Curry nearly recorded a triple-double by adding 11 assists and nine rebounds.

Kyrie Irving scored 27 for Cleveland, which dropped its fifth straight and lost its third tight game in a row.

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