DALLAS - Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook had 15 points and nine assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks, 99-95, on Thursday night.
Jeff Green had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Shawn Marion had a season-high 25 points for the Mavericks, who were without top scorer Dirk Nowitzki for a career-high sixth straight game with a sprained right knee. Tyson Chandler added 14 points and matched a season high with 18 rebounds. Jason Terry had 19 points for Dallas, which is 2-4 during Nowitzki’s absence.
Nowitzki is day-to-day.
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Dallas also is missing No. 3 scorer Caron Butler, out for the season with a torn tendon in his right knee.
All-Star tandems: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Heat, and Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo of the Celtics are on pace to be voted as East starters for the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers leads voting for West starters.
Fastbreaks: Houston’s Yao Ming had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. He’s out for the season. Dallas scoring leader Dirk Nowitzki missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right knee. Phoenix rookie Gani Lawal is out for the season with torn ligaments in his right knee.