NBA-Durant bags career-best as Oklahoma

January 20 [Sun], 2013, 22:13
Jan 18 (Reuters) - Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points as the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder prevailed 117-114 in an overtime thriller against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

Durant landed a perfect 21 from 21 at the free-throw line, with Russell Westbrook adding 31 points for the visitors as the Thunder (32-8) won their sixth straight to continue their dominance in the league.

The Mavericks (17-24) had the Thunder worried after battling from nine down heading into the final quarter time to force overtime when O.J. Majo nailed a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left.

But Durant landed nine of the Thunder's 12 points in overtime to grab the victory after Mike James failed with a late three-point attempt.

Vince Carter scored 29 from the bench to lead Dallas, who had their four game win streak snapped. (Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)