Oklahoma City's biggest stars displayed a unique version of balanced scoring against Atlanta: Russell Westbrook led the Thunder in the first half and Kevin Durant dominated the Hawks over the final two quarters.

Durant set a season high with 41 points and Oklahoma City held off host Atlanta 100-92 on Wednesday night for its 12th straight win.

Westbrook had 27 points -- 21 in the first half -- and 11 assists. Durant scored 28 points in the second half, including 18 in the fourth, and also had 13 rebounds.

No other Oklahoma City player scored in double figures.

Both top scorers were hot against the Hawks. Durant made six of nine shots in the final period, including three 3-pointers.

"We double-teamed him, we zoned him," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "He still made shots. You can't stop him when he's hot like that."

Oklahoma City (21-4) improved the NBA's best record and atoned for a 104-95 home loss to the Hawks on Nov. 4. That loss left Oklahoma City 1-2; it is 20-2 since then and hasn't lost since Nov. 23 at Boston.

Celtics 103, Cavaliers 91: Paul Pierce, 35, became the oldest player in Celtics history to score 40 points in a regulation game, carrying host Boston over Cleveland.

Hall of Famer Larry Bird is the oldest ever to score 40 in a game, putting up 49 in a double-overtime contest when he was 35 years, 99 days old on March 15, 1992. Pierce is 32 days younger than Bird was when he reached the 40-point plateau.


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  • Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder at 14.4 per game, missed the game because of a bruised right knee.

    Knicks 100, Nets 86: Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup, and host New York beat Brooklyn in the third meeting this season between the city rivals. After the teams split two tight games in Brooklyn, the Knicks turned the first one at Madison Square Garden into a rout by dominating the second half.

    Anthony, who missed two games with a sprained left ankle, saw his scoring average against the Nets this season drop to 37 points per game.

    Rockets 125, 76ers 103: James Harden had 33 points and seven assists to lead host Houston to a victory over Philadelphia. Harden topped 20 points for the seventh straight game to send the 76ers to their fifth straight loss.

    Grizzlies 90, Bucks 80: Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and host Memphis beat Milwaukee. Monta Ellis, the Bucks leading scorer at 19 points a game, missed his first 13 shots, and didn't score a field goal until 2:30 was left in the game. He ended the night with four points.

    Suns 121, Bobcats 104: Shannon Brown scored a season-high 26 points and host Phoenix handed Charlotte its league-worst 13th straight loss. The Suns have won a season-best four straight.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki has gone through his first full practice since undergoing knee surgery that forced the 11-time All-Star to miss every game so far this season.

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