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Durant lights up Dallas with 52 points

Kevin Durant, left, scored 52 and Russell Westbrook 31 for Oklahoma City in its win at Dallas. (Associated Press)
Kevin Durant, left, scored 52 and Russell Westbrook 31 for Oklahoma City in its win at Dallas. (Associated Press)

NBA: Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a Dallas Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory Friday night in Dallas.

The Thunder, who won their sixth straight, snapped a season-high four-game winning streak for the Mavericks.

Vince Carter led Dallas with a season-high 29 points.

• Belinelli, Butler boost Bulls: Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls extended their Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics 100-99.

Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday. They haven’t lost since April 2011.

Also in the NBA: Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and Brooklyn beat Atlanta 94-89 in New York to earn a split of their home-and-home series. Brook Lopez added 20 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a 109-95 loss in Atlanta on Wednesday that snapped their seven-game winning streak. … Tim Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio held off Golden State 95-88 to extend its home winning streak to 14 games. David Lee had 22 points, Klay Thompson 21 and Jarrett Jack 20 for Golden State.

Staggering Suns ‘part ways’ with Gentry: The Phoenix Suns say the team and coach Alvin Gentry have “mutually agreed to part ways.”

Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record.

Favorites keep cruising in Australia

Tennis: Title favorite Serena Williams and defending champion Victoria Azarenka advanced in contrasting styles to the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Williams, aiming for a third consecutive major title, recovered from a break down in the second set to win six straight games and finish off a 6-1, 6-3 win over Japan’s Ayumi Morita in 66 minutes.

Top-ranked Azarenka struggled to hold off injured American Jamie Hampton 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, and didn’t help herself with six double-faults.

Elsewhere, Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.

Maria Sharapova celebrated a 6-1, 6-3 win over Venus Williams, her first victory over the seven-time major winner in a Grand Slam.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic took another step closer to a third consecutive Australian men’s title, defeating Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in the third round.

Hahn, Castro share lead at La Quinta

Golf: James Hahn finished with a 5-under 67 to match Roberto Castro at 14 under after another day of perfect conditions at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif.

Castro shot a 67 on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course after they began the round tied for the lead with Jason Kokrak at 63.

• Rose out front by one in Abu Dhabi: Justin Rose played solid, mistake-free golf, finishing with a 69 for a 136 total and a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Abu Dhabi Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Rose leads Jamie Donaldson (70) of Wales, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (67) of Spain and Thorbjorn Olesen (69) of Denmark.

• Frost heats up in Hawaii: David Frost of South Africa had a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Kirk Triplett (Moses Lake, Pullman High), the 2012 Champions Rookie of the Year, bogeyed the last hole to fall into a tie for second at 66.

Lysacek withdraws from nationals

FIGURE SKATING: Evan Lysacek has withdrawn from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that begin Jan. 25 in Omaha, Neb., because of a slow recovery from surgery on a sports hernia.