Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Recapping a busy weekend of action around the NBA.
The Philadelphia 76ers had a chance to make a statement on Saturday night when Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder came to town. Despite a strong effort throughout, the 76ers eventually fell short by a score of 116-109 in overtime. Philadelphia is now 7-6 this season with a 4-4 mark at home, while OKC improved to 10-4 as they continue to sit near the top of the Western Conference.
Around the rest of the league, the Lakers pounded the Mavericks to pick up their seventh win of the season, as well as their first win on the road. The Heat trailed the Cavaliers late, although a couple of big shots from LeBron James down the stretch ended any chance Cleveland had at pulling the upset.
On Sunday, the Spurs needed two overtime sessions to defeat the Toronto Raptors. San Antonio features one of the best records in the league at 11-3. The Knicks improved to 9-3 with their 21-point win over the Pistons, while the Nets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Trail Blazers.