Durant scores 52, Thunder top Mavs 117-114 in OT

Durant scores 52, Thunder top Mavs 117-114 in OT
January 19, 2013, 1:07 am
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) drives on Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)


DALLAS (AP) Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a Dallas Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory Friday night.

The Thunder, who won their sixth straight, snapped a season-high four-game winning streak for the Mavericks.

Dallas guard O.J. Mayo forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer with two defenders in his face with 2.3 seconds left in regulation.

Mike James had put Dallas ahead with a 3 pointer in overtime, but his shot from well behind the arc in the final seconds of the extra period fell short.

Russell Westbrook, who scored 31, missed a free throw to give the Mavericks one more chance to tie, but Vince Carter's desperation 3 at the buzzer was short.

Carter led Dallas with a season-high 29 points.