Kevin Durant scored 30 points and hit a three-pointer at the final buzzer to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-102 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.
The Thunder let Dallas wipe away a five-point deficit in the final 46 seconds to go ahead on Vince Carter's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining. That was just enough time for Oklahoma City to get the ball to Durant, who drilled a three from the right wing that improved his team to 4-0.
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mavericks, whose title defense is off to an 0-3 start.
Russell Westbrook had 16 points and seven turnovers in another subpar performance, but he made up for it with a few critical plays down the stretch.
Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 24 rebounds, and the host Orlando Magic cruised to a 94-78 win over the New Jersey Nets.
Jason Richardson added 16 points for the Magic - including 15 in the first half - and J.J. Redick scored 15 points off the bench.
It was the 49th career 20-rebound game for Howard, who neared his career high of 26 rebounds.
Rookie forward MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 17 points. Deron Williams finished with only 10 points.
Kevin Martin scored 25 points; Luis Scola added 18; and Kyle Lowry had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 105-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
The Rockets took advantage of the Spurs' poor shooting at the start and built a big lead. First-year Houston coach Kevin McHale got away with resting his starters in the fourth quarter, with his team playing the first of three games on consecutive nights.
DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which shot 38 percent (35 of 93) and went 2 for 17 from three-point range. Tim Duncan scored four points, and Richard Jefferson had only five points for the Spurs.