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Durant too strong for Suns

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 77 of Oklahoma City's points as the Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 102-90 on Monday night.

Durant poured in 41 points and Westbrook added 36 to help the Thunder improve their record to a league-best 30-8 with their fourth straight win.

Shannon Brown paced the Suns with 21 points, while Marcin Gortat had 19.

The NBA's second-best team also won, as the Los Angeles Clippers eased past the Memphis Grizzlies 99-73.

Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes led the Los Angeles offence from the bench with 16 points apiece.

Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls embarrassed the Atlanta Hawks 97-58.

The Hawks scored just 20 points in the first half and five in the second quarter - both franchise lows - and were led by reserve Matt Scott who, with 10 points, was the only man to hit double figures.

Emeka Okafor's 19 points and 11 rebounds led the Washington Wizards as they extended the league's most unlikely winning streak to three by beating the Orlando Magic 120-91.

Should the Wizards win their next outing, they will have claimed as many wins in their last four games as they did in their first 32 of the season.

Rajon Rondo claimed a triple double as the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to six games by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 100-89.

Rondo had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, while Paul Pierce led Boston scorers with 19.

Elsewhere, the Utah Jazz saw off the Miami Heat 104-97 despite 32 points from LeBron James, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-98 and the Sacramento Kings were 124-118 winners over the Cleveland Cavaliers.