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Thunder rally past Mavs in overtime

League fines Howard for flagrant foul

The Associated PressDecember 28, 2012 

— Kevin Durant scored 40 points while Russell Westbrook added eight of his 16 points in overtime to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Dallas 111-105 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive win at home.

Serge Ibaka added 19 points and matched his season-high with 17 rebounds as Oklahoma City charged back from 10 points down in the final 7:17 of regulation and found a way to win after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Darren Collison scored a season-best 32 points for Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki scored nine points in his second game back after offseason knee surgery, showing some rust down the stretch.

Westbrook turned the game around with six consecutive points after the Mavs had gone up 104-101 on Chris Kaman’s bucket inside midway through overtime.

Howard fined $35,000

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA for a flagrant foul against Denver’s Kenneth Faried.

Howard was ejected with 5:02 left in the third quarter in the Lakers’ 126-114 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday night. He was called for a flagrant foul 2 when he jammed his hand in Faried’s face as the Denver forward drove the lane. Faried tumbled to the floor, but shook off the fall to stay in the game.

“I was surprised it was a flagrant 2,” Howard said. “My intention was never to hurt Faried. I like the young fellow and my intention was just to foul. I come down the lane, somebody is going to foul me hard, put me on the free throw line and make me shoot free throws. It was the same kind of thing.”

Felton to miss a month

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, a Latta native, won’t need surgery on his broken right pinky finger and is expected to be out at least a month.

Felton consulted with a hand specialist Thursday after flying home from Phoenix and will be in a splint to stabilize the finger, the team said in a statement. Felton, who could miss 4 to 6 weeks, was injured during the Knicks’ loss to the Lakers on Christmas.

He is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, helping the Knicks to a 21-8 start. But his shot has been off lately while he battled hand pain, dropping his shooting percentage below 40 percent.

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