PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Durant went from a game off to a game to remember.
Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his return from a shoulder injury to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to its seventh straight win, a 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Durant was scratched from the Thunder’s win over Boston on Friday with a sprained right shoulder. Against the Sixers, Durant was one of the first players to hit the court for pregame warm-ups. He dunked several times, even hanging on the rim for several seconds after one, and was fit to play.
“I hate sitting out,” Durant said, “but it was best for me and my shoulder. I guess that day off was needed.”
Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, has scored at least 30 points in his last 10 games.
Serge Ibaka had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder.
James Anderson led the Sixers with 19 points. Thaddeus Young had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals.
Oklahoma City has managed to stay atop the West with Russell Westbrook out since Christmas recovering from right knee surgery.
The Thunder entered the night with the best record in the Western Conference, one-half game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs.
Durant toyed with the basic defense and hardly missed, throwing down dunks and knocking down easy buckets in the paint, and looked every bit an All-Star. Durant, averaging 38.2 points over his last 12 games, made 12 of 17 shots for his fifth career triple-double.
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks watched from the baseline as Durant warmed up before the game.
Durant answered a series of questions from the training staff after every few shots, and was soon listed in the starting lineup. The Sixers had one of their largest crowds of the season, and the stands were dotted with fans in Durant jerseys who surely would have been crushed had he not played.
Nuggets 109, Pacers 96: In Denver, the Nuggets handed the Pacers just their ninth loss of the season. Wilson Chandler led Denver with 25 points, and shot 4 of 8 from three-point range. Center J.J. Hickson pulled down 13 boards for Denver.
Lance Stephenson topped Indiana’s scorers with 23, while teammate Paul George contributed 18.
Jazz 104, Wizards 101: In Salt Lake City, Utah got a game-high 24 points from Enes Kanter to slip past the Wizards. Gordon Hayward chipped in 16 for the winners.
Trevor Ariza paced Washington with 23, while Nene Hilario had 19.
Grizzlies 99, Rockets 81: In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley led a balanced Grizzlies’ attack with 17 points. Courtney Lee and Zach Randolph added 15 apiece, and three other Memphis players also tallied double figures.
Ex-Arizona State standout James Harden led Houston with 16 points.
Clippers 126, Raptors 118: In Toronto, forward Terrence Ross erupted for a game-high 51 points, but it wasn’t enough for the home squad.
Jamal Crawford had 37 for L.A., while Blake Griffin added 30.
Bulls 89, Bobcats 87: In Charlotte, N.C., D.J. Augustin led Chicago to a narrow victory over Charlotte with 28 points.
Center Al Jefferson paced the losers with 32.
Hawks 112, Bucks 87: In Milwaukee, Paul Millsap led Atlanta to an easy triumph with 20 points.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight had 27 in the loss.
Trail Blazers 115, Timberwolves 104: In Portland, Ore., LaMarcus Aldridge led six Trail Blazers in double figures with 21 points. Robin Lopez had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.
Kevin Martin led Minnesota with a game-high 30.