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Durant leads Thunder to victory

Kevin Durant continued his stunning run of form as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.

Durant put up 46 points to make it eight games in a row where he has scored 30 or more as the Thunder won their fourth straight and opened up a one-game lead over their opponents at the top of the Northwest Division.

The Miami Heat survived a scare as they held on for victory against the Boston Celtics.

The defending champions had a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter but that was reduced to four going into the final stanza as the Celtics fought back.

LeBron James then poured in 11 of his 29 points as the Heat eventually won 93-86.

The Brooklyn Nets continued their fine run of form as they brushed aside the Orlando Magic 101-90.

Andray Blatche scored 18 points off the bench as the New York outfit won their eighth game in nine.

The Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-97 in a battle of two teams sitting at the bottom of their respective divisions.

Rudy Gay led the charge with a career-high 41 points as the Pelicans never recovered from an 18-point first quarter deficit.

In the day's remaining game, the Minnesota Timberwolves claimed a 112-97 win over the Utah Jazz despite Gordon Hayward leading the scoring with 27 points.