Kevin Durant hit two free throws with one minute, 38 seconds left in the game to secure a 95-94 victory for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the New York Knicks.
The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony, the second-leading scorer behind Durant in the National Basketball Association, for a second straight game since he injured his knee on March 4 against Cleveland.
The Thunder (45-16) top the Western Conference’s five-team Northwest Division, 5 1/2 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets. The Knicks (37-22) lead the Eastern Conference’s five-team Atlantic Division by three games from the Brooklyn Nets.
Durant, who scored 12 of the Thunder’s 20 points in the final quarter, led the Thunder with 34 points, while Russell Westbrook added 21 last night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 36 points for New York, while Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire each added 16.
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